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Cashman critical of A-Rod's confession

NEW York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman criticized Alex Rodriguez's explanation for using performance-enhancing drugs on Tuesday.

"I like the fact more when he says he was stupid, not young and naive," Cashman told reporters when asked to assess Rodriguez's remarks.

Earlier, baseball's highest paid player told a packed news conference of around 200 reporters at the Yankees training facility in Tampa, Florida, that he and his cousin began taking the drugs in 2001.

"My cousin would administer it to me but neither of us knew how to use it properly, proving just how ignorant we both were," Rodriguez said as he sat with Cashman and Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Cashman said Rodriguez's decision to use the drugs when he played for the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 was "stupid", adding that Rodriguez could have been more explicit about why he took the drugs. "The one thing he could have said was the fact he chose to do this to make himself what he does on the baseball field," Cashman said. "That's the truth."

In an interview with ESPN last week, the 33-year-old third baseman created a firestorm when he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003.

His comments came in response to a report in Sports Illustrated that he had been one of 104 players who had tested positive for the steroid Primobolan and for testosterone in a confidential doping survey in 2003 that led to mandatory testing of all players starting in 2004.

Rodriguez was overcome with emotion during his opening statement, taking a long pause before thanking his teammates, including captain Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, for their support.


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