Some video from A-Rod's upcoming interview with Peter Gammons has been released, and may be seen at espn.com.
In the excerpts, A-Rod does make a forthright confession: "I did take a banned substance - for that I'm very sorry and deeply regretful." But the excerpts also raise some questions that I hope are answered in the full interview:
A-Rod: When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt I had the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level, every day.
Presumably you had similar pressure when you joined the Yankees in 2004. What caused you to react differently than when you joined Texas?
Gammons: You're saying that the time period was 2001, 2, 3?
A-Rod: That's pretty accurate, yes.
A-Rod deserves credit for admitting to more than was in the story that broke over the weekend, which only mentioned a failed test in 2003. But if you're really going to come clean, you've got to do better than, "that's pretty accurate."
A-Rod: To be quite honest, I don't know exactly what substance I was guilty of using.
Considering that A-Rod is making this confession after a published report said he tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, why not at least admit to that? Keeping everything vague raises more questions than it answers. And, once again, we are asked to believe that a top athlete has no idea what he is putting into his body.
I look forward to hearing the rest of the interview.