In honor of Lance Armstrong confessing to doping Oprah, we’re going to look at the top 10 steroid deniers in the wide world of sports!
Some of these athletes have since come clean about their steroid use, others to this day continue to stand by their denial.
Take a look at the top 10 cases of denial in sports! Some of these athletes should seriously consider a career in acting.
#10 – Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez – When he was asked in a 2007 interview by Katie Couric on “60 Minutes” if he had ever used performance enhancing drugs, Alex Rodriguez replied, “No.” When asked if he has ever been tempted to used PED’s he answered, “No.” In 2009 it was revealed that in 2003 he tested positive for steroid use. Finally Rodriguez admitted to using a “banned substance” while he was playing with the Texas Rangers.
# 9 Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez – “Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.” – Manny Ramirez in a statement following his 2009 50 game suspension after a failed drug test revealed he used artificial testosterone
#8 Melky Cabrera
Melky Cabrera had one of the more devious and interesting cases this past year when he was suspended by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test. Cabrera denied knowingly using any PED’s and even tried to cover up his steroid use by creating a fictitious website and a nonexistent product that he claimed triggered his positive test, even using the fake website in his defense before he was suspended. Alas, it wasn’t difficult for anyone to determine the website was a fake, and Cabrera was suspended 50 games.
# 7 Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa – “I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I have not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic. I have been tested as recently as 2004 and I am clean.” – Sammy Sosa said at a federal hearing in 2005. Sosa is one of 104 players who were said to have tested positive for steroids in 2003. He has still never admitted to using steroids.
# 6 Mark McGwire
Mark Maguire – “Asking me or any other player to answer questions about who took steroids in front of television cameras will not solve the problem… My lawyers have advised me that I cannot answer these questions without jeopardizing my friends, my family and myself. I intend to follow their advice.” – Mark McGwire said in 2005 at a federal hearing; in 2010 he finally admitted to using steroids.
# 5 Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson – “I have never, ever knowingly taken illegal drugs and I would never embarrass my family, my friends and my country, and the kids who love me.” – Ben Johnson said at a press conference following failing the drug test at the 1988 Olympic Games. The following year Johnson admitted to using steroids.
# 4 Marion Jones
Marion Jones – “I have always been unequivocal in my opinion, I am against performance-enhancing drugs. I have never taken them and I never will take them.” In 2007, Jones admitted to using steroids to prepare for the 2000 Olympic Games.
# 3 Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds – “No. I don’t have to [use steroids]. I mean, I’m a good enough ballplayer as it is. I don’t need to be any better. I can’t get any better at this age.” – He still maintains his innocence.
# 2 Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong – “I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.” Unfortunately for Armstrong, the truth eventually came out and finally there is now more denying the truth. Armstrong admitted in an interview to Oprah that he had doped.
# 1 Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens – “I’m angry that that what I’ve done for the game of baseball and the personal, in my private life, what I’ve done, that I don’t get the benefit of the doubt. The stuff that’s being said, it’s ridiculous. It’s hogwash for people to even assume this.” – Roger Clemens said in 2009 on “60 Minutes”. According to the Mitchell Report that got released in 2007, Clemens trainer Brian McNamee, first injected Clemens with steroids in 1998. Clemens still maintains he is innocent.
What’s interesting is that whether you believe steroids are right or wrong, you can’t deny the number of successful people who have used them. Take Arnold Schwarzenegger for example. Although Arnold worked his butt off to achieve his goal, the story of his climb to success is actually quite remarkable. Check out the ESPN short film on him below:
But one thing different about Arnold. He admitted his use: