“ESPN.com” reported Sunday that Chicago Bulls point guard and NBA MVP Award winner Derrick Rose claims he does not remember telling “ESPN The Magazine” that performance enhancing drugs are a bib problem in the Association. In the May 16, issue of the magazine the following question was posed to an array of pro athletes: “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 is quoted as responding ” Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”
Sunday the Bulls issued a statement on behalf of the point guard. In the release Rose stated “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.”
Expect to read more from both sides on this controversy in the coming days.