Curt Schilling claims he was encouraged by members of the Boston Red Sox staff to use performance-enhancing drugs (PED) while he played for the team.
Schilling made the allegation during a guest appearance Wednesday on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.
He said the conversation took place in the clubhouse with former members of the Red Sox organization.
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling told Cowherd. “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. It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation.”
When pressed, Schilling refused to reveal whom made the suggestion to him. He did say however that the individual is no longer with the Red Sox.
Schilling also gave his thoughts on New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez, who was recently linked to a Florida clinic alleged to have been distributing PEDs to athletes.
The former major-league pitcher said he would be surprised if Rodriguez, who recently had hip surgery that is expected to keep him out until the all-star break at the earliest, ever plays in the big leagues again.
“I don’t think he’s going to be able to play physically this year anyway. I really don’t,” Schilling explained. “But I would be shocked if he (ever played again) — not shocked,
I’d be surprised. I think he’s done. I think he’s done because I think everybody that has a say in him coming back wants him to be done.”
Schilling pitched for the Red Sox from 2004-07. He dealt with shoulder injuries in his final season in Boston and was unable to pitch during the 2008 season.