President Obama calls A-Rod admission ‘depressing news’
WASHINGTON (TICKER) —President Barack Obama didn’t mince words on Monday.
Rodriguez admitted to and apologized for using performance-enhancing drugs, the latest development in what the New York Yankees superstar called the biggest challenge of his life.
In an exclusive interview conducted Monday with ESPN, Rodriguez acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.
“I did take a banned substance,” Rodriguez said during the interview, which was held in Miami Beach, Florida. “For that, I’m very sorry and deeply regretful.”
The interview, which was broadcast shortly after it was recorded, came two days after Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003. The report stated that Rodriguez’s name appeared on a list of 104 players who tested positive during a survey conducted by Major League Baseball.
“I think it’s depressing news on top of what’s been a flurry of depressing items when it comes to major league baseball,” Obama said. “And if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree. And it’s unfortunate, because I think there are a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.”
Obama also expressed concern about how Rodriguez’s plight is viewed by the sport’s younger fans.
“What I’m pleased about is Major League Baseball seems to finally be taking this seriously, to recognize how big a problem this is for the sport, and that our kids hopefully are watching and saying, ‘You know what? There are no short cuts, that when you try to take short cuts, you may end up tarnishing your entire career, and that your integrity’s not worth it,’” Obama said.
“That’s the message I hope is communicated.”