During an interview last week with WFAN Radio, John Cena reveals that his recent anti-steroid comments have landed him in hot water with members WWE management as well as his fellow superstars.
Cena got a lot of attention recently when the New York Daily News quoted Cena saying: “[Steroids] are the personal choice of the athlete. And [Rodriguez] got defensive, saying he used because he felt he needed to. If there was a set of [legal] stipulations set in place, he may never have even considered it. The government should take the initiative, and if you get caught using drugs, then you should go to jail. A criminal record will hurt your endorsements and long-term contracts.”
WFAN DJ’s Boomer & Carton asked Cena if there’s been any negative feedback from WWE regarding his A-Rod comments, and he said, “Of course there is. I get kickback from corporate. I get kick kickback from my co-workers. But if America is on a campaign to ‘clean this thing up,’ let’s get the word out and start doing something about it.”
Cena said there’s a different set of rules for high-profile athletes, which doesn’t set a good example for kids. “Honestly, if you’re not Alex Rodriguez, or if you’re not (Miguel) Tejada, or if you’re not Barry Bonds, and these guys get caught for substance abuse, it really just ends up a scroller on the ESPN ticker,” Cena said. “There is no penalty.”
Cena also said it’s easy for him to say no to steroids because he’s been athletically gifted his entire life and he puts the effort in the gym. “It’s actually very easy (to say no). I’ve always been genetically gifted,” Cena said. “In this day in age, I pride myself as being one of those guys who’s stronger in the weight room and stronger in the ring.”