Curt Schilling believes A-Rod has used PEDs "his entire career"
Any time there’s something big going on in baseball, you know Curt Schilling will have something to say about it. And he had a few choice words for a certain New York Yankees third baseman.
The former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst was on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni on Tuesday discussing the latest in the Biogenesis scandal, namely Alex Rodriguez. He harkened on the fact that even though Rodriguez is the only player appealing his suspension, he also won’t deny that he used them.
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“There’s two answers to, Did you cheat, did you take steroids, did you take HGH: No, or any other answer. And any other answer means yes,” Schilling said. “I know that there are a lot of legal issues, and hey, you don’t want to say this, and there could be some actual real-world legal implications, but no means no. And anything other than no means yes. That’s the world we live in. Twice yesterday they put him on the spot where he could have said, ‘I did not do this, these charges are false’ — which none of them have done. None of them have denied this.”
Schilling went on to say that he has talked to people who are “intimately involved” in the investigation and that they're shocked that Rodriguez is trying to appeal because of all of the evidence they have against him.
Schilling said he knows he’s not perfect, but he also said he’s never cheated or used performance enhancing drugs. What’s more, he believes that Rodriguez has been using them for his entire career.
“I still believe, if you look at the body of evidence around [Jose] Canseco and BALCO and all the things that have come out in the last 10 or 15 years, the connections to Miami and the University of Miami, I honestly think he’s Jose Canseco,” Schilling said. “I think his entire career he has used performance-enhancing drugs.”
He’s also on board for stricter drug suspensions. He noted that false positives might create problems with strict suspensions, but there’s a way around that.
“I would be all for overwhelming evidence on a strike and you’re done — overwhelming evidence being defined as something significant that the players would agree to,” Schilling said. “But I’ve got to believe we’re headed to a two-strikes-and-you’re-done-forever scenario. That’s the only way. Hitting the pockets of the players is the only way to change this.”