Bradshaw has come out and clarified his earlier statement and indeed he was using a corticosteroid rather than an anabolic one for control of infammation. Mike Florio however, doesn't seem willing to accept this explanation and it looks to me as if he's trying to justify his immediate claim of Bradshaw being a cheater by repeating the quote over and over. He should have just shut the F up as I suggested yesterday.

Posted by Mike Florio on June 25, 2008, 7:41 a.m.
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw (who is still, you know, not dead) clarified on Tuesday his recent remarks regarding steroid use during his career.

“I’m not bodybuilding here,” Bradshaw told the New York Daily News. “They were not those kind of steroids. They were anti-inflammatories.”

Bradshaw claims he took corticosteroids, an anti-inflammatory that is not a prohibited substance under NFL rules. He says he did not take anabolic steroids.

Fine, but let’s not lose sight of the realities of the era in which Bradshaw played. Using anabolic steroids wasn’t against the rules in the 1970s. Anabolic steroids weren’t even illegal then. The federal law rhat targets these compounds didn’t come into existence until 1990.

And though we hardly consider ourselves to be experts regarding the differences between the potential benefits of corticosteroids and anabolic steroids, Bradshaw’s initial reference on The Dan Patrick Show to the healing powers of the steroids Bradshaw took immediately reminded us of Mike Golic’s steroid use admission.

Let’s not lose sight of Bradshaw’s initial remark: “We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing.”

“We did steroids.”

The Daily News gives our pal Dan Patrick (shameless plug alert – I’ll be on his show at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, at which time I’ll talk about my use of Claritin and Pepto-Bismol) a backhanded slap for not immediately requesting clarification from Bradshaw.

Um . . . “We did steroids.”

What clarification is needed?

“We did steroids.”

The only possible thing Patrick could have said at the time was, “Terry, are you saying that you and your teammates did steroids?” But, then again, we already had the answer.

“We did steroids.”

If Bradshaw was only referring to the still-permissible use of corticosteroids, is there any reason to say, “We did steroids”?

And so Bradshaw’s clarification will be accepted by the media, and we’ll all move forward pretending not to realize how rampant the use of anabolic steroids was in the NFL during the 1970s and 1980s, and how rampant is still might be today.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported in July 2006 that 18 former Steelers from the 1970s and 1980s had died since 2000.

“We did steroids.”