Derrick Rose Denies ESPN Magazine Quote about PEDs in NBA


Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose denied quotes attributed to him in an ESPN The Magazine report on the impact of performance-enhancing drugs in the league.

Yes, even The Mothership gets it wrong sometimes. The WWL's print
apparatus asked a group of NBA players to assess the influence of PEDs
in their sport: 1 being the lowest, 10 the highest.

"Seven. It's huge and I think we need a level playing field, where
nobody has that advantage over the next person," Rose said. According
to the magazine.

But 2.5 hours before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Rose and the Chicago Bulls released a statement about the response, calling out it's credibility.

The statement reads:

"Regarding the quote attributed to me in ESPN The Magazine, I do not
recall making the statement nor do I recall the question being asked.
If that was my response to any question, I clearly misunderstood what
was asked of me. But, let me be clear, I do not believe there is a
performance-enhancing drug problem in the NBA."

So there you go. Let the fallout in Bristol begin.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports He's also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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