Mark McGwire: Let's Not Call It Coming Clean

Dan NelsonCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  Former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire is sworn in during a House Committe session investigating Major League Baseball's effort to eradicate steroid use on Capital Hill March 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allen 'Bud' Selig will give testimony regarding MLB?s efforts to eradicate steriod usage among its players. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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It was reported today that "Big Mac" Mark McGwire has finally admitted steroid use. Let's give the guy a Nobel Peace Prize.

It takes a lot of guts to quit hiding behind your lawyers.

This admission is absolutely ludicrous. Everyone knows McGwire was juicing. We all know now that no one has hit 70 home runs without steroids and/or Human Growth Hormone (we were pretty stupid, weren't we?).

This apology was at least five years too late. It no longer means anything.

We should absolutely not care that Mark McGwire has "come clean." Can we quit calling it that, please?

We can call it coming clean when McGwire invents a time machine, goes back to 1990, never shoots up, and hits 39 home runs in 1998.

Not only was his admission of steroid use far too late to be worth anything, it was half-hearted. This is my favorite quote from McGwire's statement:

"I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids," McGwire said. "I had good years when I didn't take any, and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry."

For all you fans that are still wondering, let me help you out. No, Mark McGwire would not have hit all of those home runs if he had never taken steroids.

He never once admitted using steroids to hit more home runs. He only admitted to using them to "recover faster" from injuries. I'm going to go ahead and call "BS" on that one.

Sorry, Mark, I really want to like you, but you're just making it so difficult. Tell me you want your records taken out of the books and then I'll be impressed.

What's next? Is Barry going to admit his guilt tomorrow, so we can pat him on the back for "coming clean?" I'll be lining up once again to say: Who cares?