ESPN The Magazine Stands By Derrick Rose Interview

By Marcus Vanderberg 

ESPN the Magazine stands behind their interview of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, where the NBA MVP admits performance enhancing drugs is a problem in the league.

Rose was asked on a scale of 1-10 with one being, “What are PEDs?'” and 10 being, “Everybody’s juicing!” how big of a problem is illegal enhancing in your sport?

“Seven,” Rose said. “It’s huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”

The question was asked by a “contributing reporter” in November and Rose quickly backpedaled when it was brought up Sunday prior to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“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,” Rose said in a statement released by the Bulls. “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.””

ESPN the Magazine editor-in-chief Gary Belsky released a statement Monday regarding the interview:

“‘Scale of 1-10’ is an ongoing project in The Magazine, for which a group of contributing reporters routinely ask athletes in various sports a series of questions about all manner of topics,” Belsky said in the statement provided to CBSSports.com. “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.”

 

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