According to the Chicago Bull's point guard and the league's MVP, Derrick Rose, the NBA is currently suffering from a major case of illegal drug use. Steroids, that is.
Rose came out with this revelation in the previous issue of ESPN: The Magazine. He claims the issue can probably be placed at a seven on a scale of one to ten.
"It's huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person," said Rose.
The MVP's comments has much of the basketball universe in uproar, from various blogs on the internet to of course Twitter. Many are shocked at his statement, considering out of all the professional sports, basketball has had the least issues with its players juicing up.
After all, are performance-enhancing drugs really necessary in a finesse game like basketball? Steroids certainly aren't going to help anyone's jumpshot, as a matter of fact they would probably do the opposite. The only players who would have a semi-legitimate reason to resort to using steroids would probably be post players, as they do have to sustain considerable strength to be successful in every area of the game in the paint.
Regardless, whether his claims are true or not, Rose made a young and naive mistake in opening his mouth and he already knows it. According to the Chicago Tribune, the young star has already backed off his words through a team spokesperson, denying he made such claims.
Mr. Rose, next time keep your thoughts to yourself.
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