Jason Kelce walks back steroid claim about Triple Crown winner: ‘Wasn’t trying to get people riled up’


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Former Philadelphia Eagles heart Jason Kelce apologized after he confronted backlash for his principle former racehorse champion Secretariat was on steroids when the thoroughbred grew to become the ninth Triple Crown winner in historical past.

Throughout the Could 8 version of the “New Heights” podcast, which Jason co-hosts along with his brother Travis Kelce, the previous NFL offensive lineman cited Secretariat’s pace information when he claimed the horse was “juiced to the gills.”

He later doubled down on his declare by suggesting Secretariat’s “unparalleled muscular stature” was regarding. 

“However the reality this horse had unparalleled muscular stature and died with an enlarged coronary heart, and raced at a time when steroids had been extraordinarily prevalent, with out ample testing, raises flags in my e-book,” Kelce wrote in a social media publish.

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Jason Kelce (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photos)

However he later walked again these claims, saying, “I’m sorry everybody, wasn’t attempting to get folks riled up,” Kelce wrote on X, previously Twitter, Could 9.

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He added it was “unfair to imagine this stuff publicly.”

Secretariat groom washes the thoroughbred horse

A groom washes down American thoroughbred Secretariat (1970-1989) on the eve of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., June 8, 1973. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Photos)

“I actually thought it was simply recognized that within the 70s steroid use was rampant,” Kelce wrote. “I’m not attempting to remove from Secretariat’s, or anybody from that eras legacy. You’re proper, with out proof it’s unfair to imagine this stuff publicly, I apologize.”

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He then pointed to former Major League Baseball slugger Barry Bond’s previous affiliation with performance-enhancing medicine.

“I agree, that’s why I mentioned the horses accomplishments are nonetheless Legitimate,” Kelce mentioned, replying to a person on X. “Everyone knows Bonds Juiced, he’s nonetheless the best hitter of all time in my view. He additionally did it in opposition to a considerable amount of gamers who had been additionally juiced.”

Barry Bonds at PNC Park

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants swings a weighted bat within the on-deck circle in a sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park Aug. 13, 2007, in Pittsburgh. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Photos)

Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury on one rely of obstruction of justice and a number of counts of perjury. In 2011, he was convicted on a rely of obstruction of justice for offering incomplete solutions throughout his testimony in the course of the investigation into his alleged use of steroids. A federal appeals court docket overturned the conviction in 2015.

The jury didn’t attain a verdict on perjury counts.

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Secretariat’s pace information within the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes have stood for greater than half a century.

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