Jose Canseco Talks to FanHouse About Mark McGwire's Steroid Confession
Canseco admits he became a pariah after he started naming names. McGwire was one of the biggest. He wrote in Juiced he helped inject his Oakland teammate with steroids in the locker room.
Canseco spoke to FanHouse Monday evening about McGwire's admissions and what it means to his former teammate.
FanHouse: What's your take on McGwire coming clean today?
Canseco: I think it's better late than never. I think he's going to have to do more than just make a statement and do an interview. He's going to have to answer a lot questions during spring training.
FH: Why do you think McGwire waited so long to admit to using steroids?
Canseco: I think there was a lot of pressure put on him by Major League Baseball and the players association. What I was saying was the absolute truth. Nothing he said today contradicted that.
FH: Do you think this will help his Hall of Fame chances?
Canseco: It should. I think he should have done it quicker than that. He's still Mark McGwire. To me, he's still the best right-handed power hitter in the history of the game. He's a good guy who deserves to be in the hall. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
FH: People came out and attacked you after your first book, but much of what you wrote about was proven true. Do you sense there's a different reaction to the news that McGwire admitted to using?
Canseco: He's a protected entity. I feel he's protected by Major League Baseball and the players association. Once you have that protection, you basically can do whatever you want.
FH: Did McGwire have any choice but to come out and admit to using steroids?
Canseco: He pretty much had to. There's was going to be a time where he's going to have confront these issues. The media wasn't going to stop until it got a final answer.
FH: Now that McGwire has come clean, how long will this issue stick to him?
Canseco: This will go on until spring training. I think as long as he completely and fully answers the questions, people will move on.
FH: When's the last time you talked with McGwire?
Canseco: Probably when I was still with the A's 15 years ago.
FH: You and McGwire asked for immunity from prosecution before the March 2005 hearing in front of Congress. You were both denied. Why did you decide to tell speak freely?
Canseco: I just went up there and told the truth. I swear to God.