Sep 2, 2009, 10:12 AM EDT
Class, settle down. We have a guest speaker here today:
New York Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez made an unexpected visit to 500 students at a Baltimore County school to deliver an anti-steroid message Tuesday, months after admitting publicly that he used performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career.
At the time of his admission, Rodriguez vowed to turn his past transgressions into a positive lesson for young athletes, and he appears to be attempting to uphold that promise by discreetly speaking to select students this season. It’s part of the agreement, however, that the talks not be covered by the news media.
After previously addressing groups in New York City and Texas, he presented his anti-steroids message at Milford Mill Academy on Tuesday, hours before Rodriguez’s Yankees played the Orioles at Camden Yards.
In his speech he said that it felt “pretty darn good and liberating” to finally be telling the truth, and that doing so ”is very important to me professionally and spiritually.”
Imagine how good and liberated he’d feel if he told the complete truth:
“Kids, steroid use did no harm to, and probably helped me build a career that will earn me more than a quarter billion dollars. While, occasionally, people write mean things about me, I have suffered zero in the way of actual punishment for it. What’s more, my fame and celebrity now has me bedding Hollywood starlets.
“But totally, dudes, just say no. Thanks. Are there cookies? I was told there would be cookies.”
Call me crazy, but maybe schools should have people whose lives were actually harmed by drugs to come in and speak to the kids.
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