(MCT) — MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein acknowledged Sunday being told by Curt Schilling in 2008 that a Boston Red Sox staff member suggested he take performance-enhancing drugs to help prolong his career.
Epstein, the Red Sox general manager at the time, deferred to Major League Baseball’s statement that the incident was investigated by MLB and was determined to be without merit.
“It’s the only time it’s ever happened to me in my career, where a player mentioned performance-enhancing drugs to me,” Epstein said. “So I immediately reported it to Major League Baseball. The club did its own investigation. Major League Baseball did a very thorough investigation, including its department of investigation and including the Players Association.
“They had a lot of conviction about their conclusion there was no wrongdoing and there was no disciplinary report on the individual in question. Because of the investigation, the individual has probably been as thoroughly vetted as anyone in a big league clubhouse and came out extremely clean. This incident should not be seen as an attack on his integrity.”
ESPNBoston.com reported the individual Schilling accused was Mike Reinold, the team's rehabilitation coordinator in 2008. Reinold was let go after the 2012 season. Epstein said he was “not at liberty to discuss who it was," and declined to comment on Schilling’s remarks to ESPN Radio.
Schilling told ESPN Radio last week that he had “an incredibly uncomfortable conversation” with a Red Sox employee at the end of 2008 where it was suggested he might want to use PEDs to keep his career going.
“It was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not?” he said. “What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.”