Former Major League Baseball star Mark McGwire admitted on Monday to using steroids when he was a player, but denied that they improved his performance.
McGwire, now 46, broke the single-season home-run record in 1998 when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals with 70 home runs. This broke the record of 61, which was set by Roger Maris for the New York Yankees in 1961. McGwireâ€™s record has since been broken by Barry Bonds, who hit 73 home runs in 2001 for the San Francisco Giants.
“It’s the most regrettable thing I’ve ever done in my life,” McGwire said in a TV interview. “I apologize to everybody in Major League Baseball, my family, the Marises, Bud Selig. Today was the hardest day of my life.”
McGwire last played in 2001.Â He said he only took steroids to overcome health issues.
McGwire was recently hired as a hitting coach for the Cardinals and said he wanted to set the record straight before beginning his new role.
Drug testing was not done during McGwireâ€™s career, but suspicion of doping tarnished his image and led to a backlash in his votes for the Hall of Fame, according to reports.
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