Former major league baseball player Curt Schilling missed the whole 2008 season with a shoulder injury. Schilling reportedly wanted to have surgery, but the Red Sox wanted him to rehab and fight through it.
Now more has come out about the season and everything that took place. Schilling recently did a radio interview with WEEI, and according to Deadspin, Schilling says the Red Sox encouraged him to try performance enhancing drugs to speed his recovery.
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which is was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling told Colin Cowherd.
Asked for more details, Schilling said the conversation occurred in the clubhouse and involved “former members of the organization – they’re no longer there. It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.”
That’s some deep information, and it needs to be examined, because for so long the PED issue has always been placed on the players.
What part do organizations and those inside the organization play is the question. One thing is for sure, MLB has a problem.