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Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2011 6:17 pm
MIAMI – Derrick Rose may not have been clear what he was being asked when he told a reporter from ESPN The Magazine that performance-enhancing drugs are a “huge” problem in the NBA.

"Regarding the quote attributed to me in ESPN The Magazine, I do not recall making the statement nor do I recall the question being asked," Rose said Sunday in a statement released by the Bulls. "If that was my response to any question, I clearly misunderstood what was asked of me. But, let me be clear, I do not believe there is a performance enhancing drug problem in the NBA.”"

For a feature in the May 16 issue of the magazine, Rose was one of several professional athletes asked, on a scale of 1-10 with one being, “What are PEDs?’” and 10 being, “Everybody’s juicing!” how big of a problem is illegal enhancing in your sport? Rose’s response:

"Seven. It's huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person."

Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam told that Rose told him he would “never say anything like that.” Sources said Rose may have thought he was being asked how important it was for sports to be PED-free. A person close to Rose told the Chicago Tribune Sunday that Rose believed he was being asked, "How big of a problem would it be if steroid use were rampant in the NBA?"

League officials were made aware of the matter Sunday and were looking into it. 

Though the comment was more than a week old, it did not begin widely circulating online until Sunday morning – hours before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Bulls and Heat, and after Rose and the rest of the Bulls had completed the media availability prior to shootaround at American Airlines Arena. As reporters were gathered in the interview room for sessions with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade, a post by began making the rounds on various smartphones in the room.

Other athletes were polled for the magazine piece, including baseball player Andruw Jones (who gave his sport a five), and NFL player James Laurinaitis (who ranked his sport as a seven on the 1-10 scale.) It is not clear which ESPN the Magazine reporter conducted the interview with Rose; the piece did not carry a byline.

Asked about Rose’s comments, Wade said Sunday, “Haven’t seen nothing, haven’t heard nothing.” Asked if there’s a steroid problem in the NBA, Wade said, “No. I just don’t think there is. It’s nothing I’ve ever experienced in basketball. Never seen it. It’s nothing that I think takes place.”

We may not hear from Rose on his comments until the media access period prior to Game 3 Sunday night, so stay tuned.

NBA players are subject to four random drug tests between Oct. 1 and June 30, and can be tested more frequently if an independent expert rules that reasonable cause exists.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:04 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

espn has had always problems w/ stars who are not aligned w/ nike.....and rose just happens to be the math.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:03 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

ALL you HEAT HATERS are about to have to EAT your words, hatred, jealousy & comments after 5 more WINS & having to watch them CELEBRATE & PARTY at South Beach with the TROPHY. YOU ALL make me SICK & I enjoy whenever I hear idiots like you "CRYING" like a little __ I LOVE IT!


Man I thought you were a dope when I read your post, but then I looked at you profile and saw you were a Boston Celtics fan.  You just signed up today as a CBS member.  Did you already forget who you root for?  I'm sure you just made a mistake when picking your favorite NBA team.  You really meant to put down the Miami Heat.  I can see how that could happen.  Josef1777 please go back to school and at least learn how to add. Round 1 you need 4 wins to advance. Round 2 you need 4 wins to advance.  Guess what? In Round 3 the conference finals you also need 4 wins to advance.  This one is really going to blow your mind.  In the NBA finals you need 4 wins to capture the title. So with the Heat and Bulls tied 1 game to 1 game in the Conference finals either team needs 3 more wins to advance to the Finals. Wait let me ask my 2nd grader what 3+4 is.  Wow she came up with 7.  I better have her held back.  She had no idea the 3+4=5.  Thanks josef1777.  I had no idea I needed I still needed to work on her simple addition.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:00 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

I think the first answer Rose gave was the correct answer. If someone don’t believe enhancing drugs are not being used in all professional sports have their heads buried deep in the nearest sand dune.

The same question was asked of a St Louis Ram player. He gave the same number as Rose which was on a scale of 1-7 how rampant  is PED in your sport. Both indicate 7 was that number.

I suppose if you were to try and select the one professional sport that has more user than the other sports, I suppose you could select the one with the most players per team.

There is always the one fact that if something appears to help one player and they are apparently getting by with it then another would think the same and eventually begin doing the same.

For some reason each person seem to think I will not be caught.


Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:30 pm
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:20 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

Derrick Rose has the intellectual capacity of a tsetse fly. There is little doubt he said exactly what was reported. Of course he did, and good for him. He spoke the truth. Goes to show a man doesn't have to be literate to have common sense. However, since the interview, the NBA and the player's union have put enormous pressure on Rose to retract and deny. Can't have any loose cannon out there spouting the truth now can we?

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

Well that explains why someone else took his entrance exam to college now dont it!

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2011 6:47 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

   I think Rose said a boo boo, and he's skuffling to take it back. He knew, I believe, what was being asked of him, and he reacted with his opinion. After realizing what damage the remark would do, and how the other players would view him for telling, he is scrambling to take it back.

Just my opinion.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 6:14 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

Why do people think he was talking about steroids? I kind of assumed he was taling about stuff to take before a game to give you more energy. Speed, uppers, anphetimines, whatever? (like Robbie Benson in 1 on 1, lol)

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 6:10 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

Hey Josef1777, wow 5 wins speaks volumes for the educational system in florida. Five more wins would be great if you want to lose in 6 to the mavericks.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:38 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' problem

I trust David Stern (or Bulls management) reminded Rose to be especially careful about what he says anymore, because chances are good that at least one person is recording his Q&A sessions.  Gone are the days when one could simply deny saying such a thing.  About the ohly plausible way to wriggle out of this now is to claim he misunderstood the question -- that he thought it was theoretical (how big would it be if PEDs were in the NBA?) or maybe generalized (how big are PEDs in sports?).  And good luck with that!

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