McGwire's Brother: "I Introduced Mark to Steroids"
By Cameron Smith
January 22, 2009
Occasionally, the blogosphere really does break the biggest news. That appears to be the case in the latest significant steroids development, where slugger Mark McGwire's younger brother, Jay, is now claiming that he introduced Mark to steroids in a memoir manuscript that he's shopping to publishers. In the details contained in the excerpts that have been leaked to the counter-cultural sports blog deadspin.com, Jay McGwire even claims that he was the first person to inject Mark with steroids, at least until a girlfriend took over the responsibility.
There are too many juicy excerpts to get into all of them, but here's our choice pick among them.
"I directed him to androstenedione testosterone booster, which is non-hormonal (which is why it can be sold legally and is not affected by the 2004 Anabolic Steroid Control Act) and works naturally with your body. "Andro" increases strength and aggression while promoting reduction of body fat and a leaner look to the physique....[U]sing andro allowed Mark to avoid all the potential adverse side effects that could occur from using anabolic steroids, such as water retention, hair loss, and liver, heart, or kidney stress. In addition, he wouldn't have cholesterol problems or testicular atrophy. And there were no problems with the law."
"Who knows what might have happened if I didn't get Mark involved with all the training, supplements, the right foods, steroids, and HGH. He would not have broken any records and the Congressional Hearings would have gone on without him. Maybe Barry Bonds wouldn't have ever gotten involved with the stuff, either. Mark McGwire might have gone silently into the night long before breaking Roger Maris' home run record. But that's just not the way it went down, so we'll never know. But at least I feel better about setting the record straight."
Also discussed: Mark McGwire's irascible 'roid rage and his pleading the fifth. It'll be interesting to see if anyone can drag more comments out of Jay McGwire, because something tells us this is the last we'll see of this book proposal.