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Rose denies saying NBA has performance drug problem

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A report that Derrick Rose said the NBA has a performance-enhancing drug problem is news to the Bulls star.
``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,'' Rose said in a statement before the Bulls took on Miami in Game 3 Sunday night. ``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.''
Rose was denying a report in ESPN the Magazine that the NBA has a PED [performance enhancing drug] problem.
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 gave this response: ``Seven. It's huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.''
How the confusion arose was not clear, but it appears something was lost in translation when Rose talked to the magazine.
``Derrick doesn't feel there's a steroid problem,'' a team official after talking to Rose about the report. ``All he said was, `Why in the world would I say something like that?' ''
Miami star Dwyane Wade also seemed perplexed when asked about Rose's supposed comment that the NBA has a PED problem.
``I haven't seen that; I haven't heard anything,'' Wade said. ``I don't think there is [a PED problem]. I've never experienced it, never seen it. I don't think that takes place.''

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