Derek Jeter apparently had his own steroids related press conference today, and was a lot more open about the issue than he has ever been about, well, anything. After supporting Alex Rodriguez and commending him for owning up to his mistake, Derek had the following to say about the notion that “everybody was doing it:”
“I don’t condone anything he did; he doesn’t condone anything he did,” Jeter said.
“First and foremost you cheat yourself; I think that’s the message that needs to be out there.
“And also I think the biggest message that needs to be out there is everybody wasn’t doing it. … There were a few players in this era taking steroids, but it wasn’t a Steroid Era.”
Jeter mentioned that 104 players reportedly tested positive in 2003, and there are approximately more than 1,200 major leaguers.
“You’ve got 1,100 people that haven’t done it; let’s get that straight,” Jeter said. “That’s sending the wrong message to the baseball community, it’s sending the wrong message to the public, and more importantly it’s sending the wrong message to kids, saying that everybody was doing it.”
I think Jeter is making a fair point.… Click here to read the rest