ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and talked about the Mark McGwire situation. Quinn said McGwire clearly underreported his drug use in his admission on Monday. Said Quinn: "We talked to several convicted drug dealers who had connections to him, and they described not a guy who was doing low doses of something for a little bit of time to get over an injury, they talked about a guy who did sophisticated arrays of very serious drugs because he wanted to get huge."
Quinn said McGwire's implication that he was a victim of the steroid culture does not hold up under scrutiny. "A bunch of guys have said that, 'Hey, look, I just after a while felt like everybody was doing and I had to continue just to keep a job.' The problem was I think he was into it so early that he was helping lead the way. I don't think he introduced steroids to baseball by any stretch. They were coming. It did not need Mark McGwire to infiltrate. But when guys saw him, it had a profound impact."
Added Quinn: "These big, ripped guys were taking drugs that were designed for horses and menopausal women."
As for Roger Clemens, Quinn said he expects that the grand jury will continue to pursue allegations against the former pitcher: "Once they start down that road, they usually want to finish it."
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