Derrick Rose Says His Comments About PED In NBA Misrepresented
Chicago Bulls and league MVP Derrick Rose is denying that he characterized the use of performance-enhancing drugs in pro basketball as a “huge” problem. In the May 16 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Rose was asked, “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’s response: “Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”
Rose later attempted to clear up the misunderstanding.
“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,” Rose said in a statement.
However in recent years the NBA has seen examples of players using them like Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo who served a 10-game suspension this season for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and Orlando Magic Rashard Lewis was suspended for the same substance in 2009.