Mark McGwire discusses PED use

Published On November 9, 2012 | By Meredith Perri

Mark McGwire’s name is known in just about every household, but not for what he had hoped. McGwire is easily one of the most well known performance-enhancing drug users in professional athletics. Now years after his PED use was revealed, McGwire does not understand why an athlete would use the drugs.

“I’m a great example of what happens when, I mean I owned up to it,” McGwire said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio. “Why anybody would even think about doing that today I have no idea. I’m sad for these guys but then again you have to look at Major League Baseball and what they have done to crack down on it, it’s been fantastic for the game of baseball and you just have to move on from it.”

After taking some time off from baseball, McGwire came back to the game two years ago when he became the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Recently the former slugger, who used PEDs to break the MLB’s all-time single-season home run record, took a spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McGwire said in the interview that he understands the consequences of his actions.

“It’s a mistake that I have to live with for the rest of my life. I have to deal with never, ever getting into the Hall of Fame. I totally understand and totally respect their opinion and I will never ever push it. That’s the way it’s going to be and I can live with that.”

He also revealed that one of the more challenging parts of this experience has been explaining what he did to his sons.

“One of the hardest things I had to do this year was sit down with my nine and 10 year old boys and tell them what dad did. That was a really hard thing to do, but I did it.”


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Meredith is a junior journalism student at Boston University. She has covered nearly every sport for The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, but mainly writes about women’s hockey. Meredith has also covered Major League Baseball as an intern with SNY and Follow her on Twitter at @mere579.