McGwire: Telling family about steroid use was toughest part

This is a Sept. 27, 1998 file photo showing St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire watching his record-setting 70th home run of the season against the Montreal Expos, in the seventh innning at Busch Stadium, in St. Louis. McGwire has finally come clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998. McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade and he was apologizing.

Ed Reinke/The Associated Press, file photo
Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.

NEW YORK — Mark McGwire's voice repeatedly cracked with emotion during a telephone interview with The Associated Press as he recounted telling his wife, parents and son that he had used steroids.

His voice breaking, McGwire says, "It's the first time they've ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody."

During a 20-minute phone call Monday, McGwire says he called commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa earlier in the day to personally apologize.

McGwire says that when he used steroids, he never imagined he would have to talk about it to national media.

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