Bronson Arroyo admits that he pumps his body full off all manner of unapproved chemicals and that MLB drug tests don't really concern him. And what about a hardcore steroid user like Manny Ramirez? If he dies, he dies.
Arroyo says in a must-read interview with USA Today that he's pretty sure that he's on The List of failed tests from 2003, because he "took androstenedione the same way I took my multivitamins." And the guy takes a lot of multivitamins.
"I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, there's four more things. There's a caffeine drink I take from a company that (former teammate) Curt Schilling introduced me to in '05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven't failed any tests, so I figured I'm good."
Yeah, that sounds fine. Most of the things Arroyo takes are over-the-counter "remedies" that are not on the approved list of supplements that Major League Baseball has endorsed. So it's pretty much a miracle that he hasn't failed a test yet. But he started taking supplements when he was five and hasn't looked back.
But there's more! Arroyo basically calls out everyone—saying owners care way more about making money than they do about winning (probably true!), Americans who fill their bodies with junk food couldn't care less about steroids (also probably true!), and nobody gives a crap about what Manny Ramirez or Bronson Arroyo do to their bodies.
I can see where guys like Hank Aaron and some of the old-timers have a beef with it," Arroyo says. "But as far as looking at Manny Ramirez like he's (serial killer) Ted Bundy, you're out of your mind. At the end of the day, you think anybody really (cares) whether Manny Ramirez's kidneys fail and he dies at 50?
Arroyo concludes by claiming that he regrets nothing and no one else should either. He's basically saying what everyone else secretly believes—even if they won't admit it. Players will do whatever they can to gain an advantage, they continue do it despite all the furor, and nobody really blames them. Also, fans want their teams to be better and don't really care how that happens. Most importantly, Bronson Arroyo doesn't give a fuck about anything.
That's a direct quote: "I don't give a fuck." I'm glad we cleared that up.