Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 6:33 pm  |  20 responses

Derrick Rose Denies Saying NBA Has PED Problem

In the 1-10 section of the new ESPN The Magazine, Derrick Rose is quoted as saying the seriousness of the NBA’s steroid problem—on a scale of 1-10—is at a seven. He claims it was a misquote, though. Via the Chicago Tribune: “Derrick Rose denied through a team spokesperson that he made claims the NBA has an issue with performance enhancing drugs. Later, Rose issued a statement: ‘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. 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.’ The story emerged after Bulls players were available at Sunday morning’s shootaround. ESPN The Magazine took a survey of PED use in various sports for its May 16 issue. In it, Rose is quoted as allegedly saying this when asked to rank the problem on a scale of 1-10: ‘Seven. It’s huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.’ Though the issue has been out for over a week, it is just entering mainstream media. The story likely will have a short shelf life after Rose denied the comment. One person close to Rose said the question was posed to him as ‘How big of a problem would it be if steroid use were rampant in the NBA?’ Dwyane Wade was asked about the issue during the Heat’s player availability session. ‘Nothing I’ve ever seen in basketball,’ Wade said. ‘I don’t think it takes place.’”

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  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Ah ESPN, the FOX news of the NBA.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Not during games but in the training camps some will do things to keep up.
    An issue the NBA will try to erase very fast.

  • dma

    Rashard Lewis has been MIA since his ‘bust’

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    The reason why he’s recanting his statement is probably someone got to him, regardless if the some exposes this or not we all know that NBA player take the juice look Rashard Lewis got bust for being on it.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Rashard Lewis was taking an over the counter supplement that happened to have a substance banned by the NBA in it. It is 100% legal throughout the U.S. and is not the “steroids” some ignorant people think he was using.

  • http://Slamonline.com Hossy

    Lebron James HAS to be on roids

  • OvaChicken

    He did spank Boozers dunk outa there turning Carlos’s power into p#$$y forward. Ha ha. Dinneri s half eaten so 2 games left.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Caboose: Logic isn’t taken kindly around these parts, fella.

  • lukas

    seven?! only watching wades jawbone grow over the years makes this number look like polite understatement.

    i mean – those guys enter the league lookin like 20 year old boys and in one season they play 82 games, learn how to jumpshoot and add about 20 pounds of muscle…sounds shady to me

  • spit hot fiyah

    @hossy no, it’s the secret society

  • jumpman

    i think nba players like taking “sheets”. is that considered a PED?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    As much as I can’t stand sporting’s largest tabloid, I find it hard to believe ESPN snatched the quote out of thin air. “Not remembering” is usually code for “I didn’t realize there would be huge backlash for my statement, and Stern and the Players Association told me to deny it”. The NBA’s drug testing policy is fairly lax compared to football and now MLB. Rose didn’t just pull that opinion out off thin air. PEDs use needs to be dealt with before this turns into a cycling/MLB mess.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jukai: Unfortunately, I know. Sometimes you’ve gotta hope though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Next year KD will be as muscular as Dwight.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    ha, anyone that has heard derrick’s interviews should know that that statement doesn’t even sound like anything he’d say.
    he’s my dude and all but he doesn’t seem to say things as articulate as even that sentence.

  • http://www.meggarts.com Ralph megginson

    I don’t think that Rose would lie about it and also how can Wade say that he doesn’t see it when a person like OJ Mayo gets caught with it. But the NBA will do nothing about it, look at the terrible call these officaials make and nothing at all happens to them (No fine or anything) they just keep making bad calls after bad calls.

  • Redrum

    I have been saying it for years… Remember that column “Musclewatch” or something like that that Slamonline runs every summer? Remember reporting how common 15 pounds weight gain is during off-season? the reason why the number 15 is so common is that because this is the average weight a steroids user will put on in a two month cycle… NBA’s PED testing is a joke. And something that few know (but is absolutely true) is that the NBA let the 1992 Dream Team enter the Olympics with a clause of no PED testing… Come on, why would PEDs be common in all sports but not the NBA? Rose told the truth

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Basketball’s PED problem starts in HS. And its very, very prevalent. (i’d also like to point out, PED’s are everywhere, Gatorade is a form of PED if its advertisements are true it is just not recognized because everyone uses it, but it artificially enhances performance) – but the PED problem is real, not a 7/10 in the NBA, but among a younger crowd. And that’s all i’m gonna say on this subject

  • bike

    Genetic engineering is very common in the NBA. How can anyone question the high percentage of players with very high ratios of fast-twitch to low-twitch muscle fibers?

  • @Deknow

    I’m sure out of that many athletes with that much money at stake that someone has to be doing it in the NBA.