Jose Canseco, the former All-Star baseball player who has openly admitted to doing steroids, said at the Capitol today that young athletes are too easily prone to taking steroids and nutritional supplements to try to become superstars.
“A lot of young kids will take any risk possible to get to where their idols are, to make that $100 million contract,” Canseco said.
The former outfielder, wearing a studded sports coat and sunglasses for much of the press conference, joined Democratic senators and physicians in Albany to call for a ban of the unregulated dietary supplement called dimethylamylamine, or DMAA. They were joined by the parents of Pvt. Michael Sparling, a California Marine who died in 2011 after taking the drug.
“We understood the risks of being a military family and having that car come up and they get out of that car and they tell us that our son was killed overseas,” Sparling’s mother, Leanna, said. “We never could have imagine that I would receive a phone call early in the morning saying that my son collapsed doing a routine (physical training) run and suffered a heart attack.”
Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, the head of the Independent Democratic Conference, said he was confident the ban would be passed this session, which ends in June. The measure is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Nassau County.
The Federal Drug Administration has warned about the drug, but hasn’t banned it.
“We have to act quickly in New York,” Klein said. “We can’t let the FDA drag their feet until they actually decide to ban this drug.”