Barry's Live Press Conference Updates
After 33 minutes, Alex Rodriguez's press conference at Yankees spring training has come to an end.
Rodriguez expressed remorse and admitted to using other substances that are now banned by Major League Baseball.
Here were Barry Svrluga's quick thoughts throughout:
Rodriguez said he was injected, that he was unsure of the benefits, and that he didn't know if he used it correctly.
"It was basically amateur hour," he said.
Asked why he did it if he didn't realize what it did or whether he used it correctly, he sat on the theme of his message: "Again, it goes back to being young and being curious."
He also said: "For a week here, I've been looking for people to blame, and I keep looking at myself at the end of the day."
Rodriguez said the substance he took came from the Dominican Republic, was over-the-counter, and he got it from a cousin, who he would not name.
Rodriguez became emotional when he started to address his teammates, leading to a minute of silence. He is quite contrite.
He just said he has not taken HGH. He said during his Seattle days he did take something called "Brit Fuel" that has since been taken off the shelves at GNC and banned from baseball.
ARod reconfirmed his 2001-03 timeline, said he got a "banned substance" from a cousin. He described taking the substance -- which he did not name -- twice a month for six months during the season. He said his cousin administered the substance, but he has not said how.
Basically the whole Yankee team is here in the tent. The four front seats are taken by Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera -- the Yankees old guard.
GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are at the dais with Rodriguez.
Yankees general partner Hank Steinbrenner is also here.
Alex Rodriguez is now entering the tent. He was preceded by some of his PR advisors, including one from the California firm Outside Eyes, which specializes in crisis management.
The events are scheduled to be carried live by both ESPN and the Yankees-owned YES Network.
A Yankees PR rep just said the press conference will begin in "five minutes -- five or 10 minutes."
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