In an interview on Wednesday with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio, former Boston Red Sox starting pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling claims that members of the Red Sox organization encouraged him to use steroids while injured in 2008. WEEI has the quotes.
“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 told Colin Cowherd.
Asked for more details, Schilling said the conversation occurred in the clubhouse and involved “former members of the organization — they’re no longer there. It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. 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. That was an awkward situation.”
That's a pretty damning accusation towards the Red Sox, and who really knows how truthful it is? There's also a layer of mystery as to just who the quotes came from. Could it have been a member of the front office, like former general manager Theo Epstein? Could it have been someone in the clubhouse, like former manager Terry Francona? Hell, could it have been a former teammate like Manny Ramirez? When you initially read Schilling's quotes, you immediately jump to the conclusion that "the organization is peddling drugs to players and they're a disgrace!", when in reality, it might just have been a rogue employee. Unless Schilling starts naming names, we really don't know anything concrete and shouldn't jump to any conclusions…but that's not going to stop people from doing that.
UPDATE: Michael Schmidt of the New York Times reports that MLB investigated the incident after it occured in 2008, and the employee was fired.