Appearing on The Big Show, Curt Schilling said that Mark McGwire's admission that he took steroids  throughout his career was the best thing the former slugger could have done. "I'm glad," Schilling said. "I'm glad he did it. ... It seems like everybody else lies about it, and then they lie about the lies." Schilling said of McGwire, "I think he's the first guy to come really clean, legitimately clean. ... I think everybody knew, to some degree." Schilling reflected on the Congressional hearing on steroids that he and McGwire both participated in, saying he hadn't said anything because "there was nothing for me to say," having not witnessed any player take performance-enhancing drugs. In his admission, Monday, McGwire said he remained silent on the steroid issue in front of Congress on advise of lawyers.
Schilling went on to applaud McGwire's approach in the statement released today, with numerous details included, saying, "He told the story we're expecting to hear from everybody else who got caught. ... Other than admitting it five years ago, he did it perfectly." The former Red Sox pitcher admitted that, steroid debate aside, he wasn't sure McGwire is a Hall of Famer. Schilling also broached the subject regarding the perception of both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the two highest-profile baseball stars who have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs but haven't admitted to using them, saying their personalities also hinder their cause in the court of public opinion. As for Clemens, Schilling said, "I don't think anybody on this planet think he's clean. Well, I don't."