Mark McGwire finally admitted today in a statement that he used steroids for the majority of his playing career. If you are in any way surprised by this “revelation” then you must be a complete idiot.
McGwire says in his statement that, “I have the chance to do something that I wish I was able to do five years ago. I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize.” It’s funny because he was able to do this five years ago, but he chose not to when in a congressional hearing he said he wasn’t there to talk about the past, even though the exact point of the hearing was to talk about the past.
I’ll let that one slide, though, because it’s mostly a mistake in word choice. He probably regrets not just coming clean during the hearings. But then he, like so many others, blames the atmosphere of the game instead of himself.
After saying that he regrets taking steroids and that it was a mistake, he adds, “Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.” So now he’s basically blaming his actions on the era he played in. Does that remind anyone of A-Rod’s “loosey goosey” talk?
In the end, this admission likely won’t change McGwire’s Hall of Fame chances since he’s already far away from the doorstep. Some would make that case that honesty and remorse can go a long way, but not when you’ve been ignoring it for a decade and acting as though you were totally clean.