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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Retired Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling said in a radio interview Wednesday that he was encouraged by “former members of the organization” to use performance-enhancing drugs in 2008.
Schilling said it was an “incredibly uncomfortable conversation” initiated in the clubhouse. He wouldn’t name names, only saying “they’re no longer there.”
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling said.
Schilling re-signed with the Red Sox in ’08 on a one-year deal, but wasn’t able to pitch due to shoulder issues. He retired in 2009.
“It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation because it came up in the midst of a group of people,” Schilling said. “The other people weren’t in the conversation, but they could clearly hear the conversation, and it was suggested to me that at my age, and in my situation, why not, what did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter, and if I did get healthy, great.
“It caught me off guard, to say the least, but that was an awkward situation.”
On WFAN radio Thursday, midday co-host Evan Roberts said MLB can’t ignore Schilling’s “monstrous accusation.”
“If that turns out to be true, MLB is going to have to take heavy action,” Roberts said. “And they’d better investigate that. I would rather have them investigate that than this clinic down in Miami, to be honest with you.”
Last week, the Miami New Times linked Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and others to Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Florida under investigation by MLB for allegedly supplying HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs to players.
Schilling said of A-Rod, who has denied the accusations, “I think he’s done.”
“I think he’s done because I think everybody that has a say in him coming back wants him to be done,” said Schilling.
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