(NEW YORK) — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on ESPN Radio Wednesday that “former members of the organization” approved of him using performance-enhancing drugs in order to revitalize his career.
The Red Sox had signed Schilling to a one-year contract in 2008, but the former All-Star never pitched that season due to a shoulder injury.
“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,” the current ESPN baseball analyst told Colin Cowherd.
What makes the situation even stranger is that the conversation took place in the clubhouse and could be heard by other teammates.
“It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation,” he added. “Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. 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,” he added. “That was an awkward situation.”
As for the recent Miami New Times report involving his name and PEDs, Schilling says Braun should have never associated with dealer Anthony Bosh.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire