Baseball slugger Mark McGwire finally has admitted today that he used steroids.
Some will say it's too little, too late. Five years ago before Congress, McGwire repeatedly said "I'm not here to talk about the past" when asked about whether he used steroids. (He also used human growth hormone, according to the AP).
Now, he's finally talking -- well, at least he has issued a statement and is doing phone interviews, and I'm sure the "for-the-cameras" news conference and the "60 Minutes" and "ESPN" appearances won't be too long in coming. McGwire had to do this to return to baseball -- he will work for his old team, the St. Louis Cardinals, as hitting coach for the 2010 season.
Well, I say this is better late than never. At least McGwire won't carry this "secret" to his grave, as some other stars from the same era seem intent on doing (are you listening, Barry Bonds?).
McGwire said in his statement: "I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."
Maybe McGwire's admission and apology will keep a couple of kids from falling into the same trap (although you could also argue McGwire's delayed admission let thousands of the same sort of opportunities to scare kids straight go by the wayside).
I'm not arguing that McGwire deserves a medal for doing the right thing now -- a thing he should have done long ago. I'm just saying I'm glad he did it. I know his motives probably aren't the purest here, but at least he's talking (a little) about the past.
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