Curt Schilling Says Red Sox Officials Encouraged Him to Use PEDs in 2008

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said in an interview on ESPN Radio on Wednesday (via WEEI.com) that he was encouraged by people within the Red Sox organization to use performance-enhancing drugs in 2008 to recover from injuries. 

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.

Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk spoke to a Major League Baseball source who said that the league will investigate what Schilling said. 

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 2:27 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Major League Baseball has issued a statement in light of Curt Schilling's recent PED comments. MLB.com's Evan Drellich has the latest:

On Friday, MLB issued a statement: 'At the time of the incident in question in 2008, the Boston Red Sox immediately reported the allegations to Major League Baseball as required by our investigative protocols. Once the Red Sox reported the matter, Major League Baseball assumed sole responsibility for the investigation. The Club handled the matter consistent with all MLB rules and requirements and in a manner that was above reproach.'

'Major League Baseball thoroughly investigated the allegations and considers the matter closed.'

The league did not release any findings of that investigation or whether the employee was fired as a result.


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Schilling also said that this conversation happened in the locker room, where it was suggested that "at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose?"

Meanwhile, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reported that a source close to the situation said "if anyone said something like that, it wasn't meant to be serious. I would bet my bottom dollar on that." 

After spending all of 2008 out with shoulder problems, Schilling announced his retirement in March 2009. He won three World Series in his career—one with Arizona in 2001 and two with Boston in 2004 and 2007. 

Schilling spent his 20-year career with five teams (Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston). He was never connected to anything involving steroids or performance-enhancing drugs during his career, though that hasn't stopped him from calling out others around him. 

Last year, during an appearance on a Philadelphia radio station (via Sporting News), Schilling said that no team that has won a championship in the last 20 years has done it clean. 

Of course, that would also include the three teams that had Schilling on their roster.

There are times in which it's hard to take Schilling seriously, but the former All-Star pitcher certainly has no reason to lie, although he could have hidden motives.

He has always been an outspoken advocate against performance-enhancing drugs, so why talk now?