Updated: August 21, 2011 12:21AM
MIAMI — Derrick Rose denies he ever said the NBA has a drug problem and has no idea how ESPN the Magazine quoted him making such a statement.
“I know I didn’t say anything like that,” Rose said Sunday. “I guess he misunderstood what I said. There’s definitely not a drug problem in the NBA. We get tested. It would definitely show up. That’s why I released the statement to clarify things, that that wasn’t true.”
In the statement, Rose said: “Regarding the quote attributed to me in ESPN the Magazine, I do not recall making the statement, nor do I recall the question being asked. If that was my response to any question, I clearly misunderstood what was asked of me. But, let me be clear, I do not believe there is a performance-enhancing drug problem in the NBA.’’
The magazine said it asked Rose, as part of a survey for its May 16 issue, “If 1 equals ‘What are PEDs [Performance Enhancing Drugs]?’ and 10 equals ‘Everybody’s Juicing’ . . . How big of an issue is illegal enhancing in your sport?”
It said Rose responded: “Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.’’
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said Sunday: “I don’t think there is [a PED problem]. I’ve never experienced it, never seen it.”