ESPN: The Magazine "stands 'firmly' behind its representation" of Derrick Rose's reported response to a question on the usage of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the NBA, Ken Berger reported Monday (CBSSports.com).
ESPN 'Firmly' Stands Behind D-Rose Statement That PED Use in the NBA is 'Huge'
The magazine's editor-in-chief, Gary Belsky, said in a statement to CBS that a "contributing reporter" conducted the interview and collected the statements from Rose that the use of illegal PEDs in the NBA is "huge" on a scale of one-to-ten -- ten being "everyone's juicing".
Belsky said in the statement "On Nov. 26, 2010, one of these contributors interviewed Derrick Rose before a Bulls-Nuggets game in Denver, and while we firmly stand by our representation of Derrick's response to our question about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in his sport, only he can speak to his understanding of the question and the intent of his answer."
The article with the statements was published in their May 16 issue and Rose denied the statements on Sunday, saying in a statement that he "clearly misunderstood the question," adding: "I do not believe believe there is a performance-enhancing drug problem in the NBA."
The question: "If 1 equals 'What are PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs)'? and 10 equals 'Everybody's Juicing'...How big of an issue is illegal enhancing in your sport?"
Rose responded, "Seven. It's huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person."
Sounds like he fully understood the question and the players' union or the NBA went nuts.