Jose Conseco Admits to Using Anabolic Steroids & Administering Them To Several Other Players.
In 2005, Canseco published his tell-all book titled “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.” In his book, Canseco admitted to his own steroid use while also specifically naming teammates who had taken performance-enhancing drugs, claiming to have personally injected many of them. Canseco’s book became a New York Times bestseller and led many of his former teammates to be called to testify before various House committees.
Canseco’s post-baseball life has become something of a sideshow. He fought former child star Danny Bonaduce (who was also accused of using muscle enhancers and anabolic steroids) in January 2009, with the fight ending in a draw.
He has been arrested twice, once for aggravated assault following a brawl outside a Miami Beach nightclub, the other time for attempting to bring a fertility drug across the U.S.-Mexican border. In May 2008, his house was put into foreclosure. Canseco says that his two divorces cost him between $7 or $8 million dollars each.
Anabolic Steroids and Baseball. Is There a Reason ?
Rodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player to break the 500 home run mark, and in 2007 signed the largest contract in baseball history, agreeing to a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.
In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to anabolic steroid use from 2001-2003, citing enormous amounts of pressure on him to perform. His admission came after Sports Illustrated named Rodriguez as one of the 104 Major League players to test positive after a 2003 drug survey. This survey, approved by the Players’ union on the condition of anonymity, was designed to help determine whether mandatory anabolic steroid drug testing was necessary. Though these results were supposed to be destroyed, a master list was seized during the BALCO investigation, and later subpoenaed by federal authorities.
At a Tampa press conference in February 2009, Rodriguez addressed the media and answered questions, telling those present that from 2001-2003, for six months of the year, he would inject himself twice monthly. He said that the last time he used steroids was after a preseason injury in 2003.
Rodriguez currently employs a large team of PR professionals and image consultants tasked with ensuring that his image remains as unscathed as possible. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is currently in the process of deciding what, if any, punishment should be handed down.
Ben Johnson used the Anabolic Steroid Winstrol which contains the ingredient “Stanozolol” to improve his strength and shatter a world record in the 100m sprint.
After winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Canadian Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was poised to improve on that result when he arrived in Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Though injuries rattled the sprinter throughout the 1987 season, he was still considered a medal contender.
Facing off against longtime rival Carl Lewis, Johnson breezed through the 100m final, setting a world record time at 9.79 seconds. Even though there were “legal steroids” avaiable to him which would have went undetected, subsequent urine tests revealed the sprinter had taken Stanozolol (Brand name Winstrol), and he was disqualified three days later.
After testing positive in Seoul, the Canadian government opened an inquiry into drug abuse. Although he initially denied any doping, before the inquiry Johnson admitted that he had indeed been taking performance-enhancing drugs. His coach, Charlie Francis, also testified that Johnson had been using steroids since 1981.
Johnson remains a controversial figure in Canadian sports. Ordinary Canadians were embarrassed to have one of their athletes shamed on the international stage, and many feel that their country’s track and field reputation was only improved when Donovan Bailey won the 100m gold medal in Atlanta eight years later.
Recently, Johnson appeared in an advertisementfor the energy drink Cheetah. In the television spot, Johnson promotes the beverage by saying: “I Cheetah all the time.”