Steroid could be plaguing more arenas than imagined. A senior US baseball official has charged that the problem is deeper in football.
"I don't like baseball being singled out," the New York Yankees senior vice president said.
"Everybody that knows sports knows football is tailor-made for performance-enhancing drugs. I don't know how they managed to skate by. It irritates me. Don't tell me it's not more prevalent. The number in football is at least twice as many. Look at the speed and size of those players."
Answered NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: "We've had year-round random testing with immediate suspensions since 1990 and we conduct approximately 12,000 steroids tests a year."
Steinbrenner's comments came in an interview to news agency AP after Andy Pettitte met with reporters for the first time since the Yankees pitcher was named in the Mitchell report on steroid use in baseball.
Two days after the report was released in December, Pettitte confirmed he used human growth hormone in 2002; two weeks ago, he told congressional investigators he also used HGH for one day in 2004.
"A lot of baseball people thought that baseball would be the last sport that it would be a problem in and probably just ignored it too long," Steinbrenner said. "But the fact is it's been in football a long time and it's been in basketball, I'm sure. Why baseball is being singled out, I don't know. I don't know. I know all the excuses -- `Well, it's America's game and it's the statistics.'
"That's not an excuse. If a sport is riddled with it, it's riddled with it. Why aren't they looking at the NFL?" he said.
Steinbrenner said baseball will "clean up the game."
"We're going to do it," he said.