David Ortiz finally spoke about The New York Times' report alleging he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. He told the media and the fans that he never has bought or used steroids. Now he can move on with his life.
So can the rest of his teammates, including captain Jason Varitek. He, for one, is glad the commotion can be put to rest for a while.
Throughout the ordeal, Ortiz has had the unwavering support of his teammates to fall back on, and it's helped him take his usual fearless approach to the plate.
"He's appeared to be himself and continue to go out there," Varitek told NESN's Heidi Watney after Ortiz's news conference. "I think he's handled it extremely well. We just had to show him that we have his back and we do support him."
As for the revelations that stemmed from Ortiz's news conference — including the fact that it is impossible that all 104 players on the list used PEDs — Varitek is still trying to sort everything out.
"It's all new information to us," Varitek said. "To sit there and pass judgment in any way, shape or form before you have all of the facts is a tough thing to do."
You can watch Heidi's full interview with Varitek here:
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