Tony Mandarich’s steroid conversation with Marty Schottenheimer

The Kansas City Chiefs were courting [Tony] Mandarich because they had one of the top five picks in the [NFL] draft [in 1989]. General manager Carl Peterson and coach Marty Schottenheimer took him out to dinner. They asked him whether he was on steroids, Mandarich says. Fair question. Mandarich said he had never failed a drug test. Not exactly what the coach wanted to hear.

According to Mandarich, Schottenheimer looked him square in the eye and said, “I think you’re lying.”

“If you think I am lying,” Mandarich said coolly, “then don’t draft me.”

My two cents

Tony mandarich 2008
Tony mandarich 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An interesting if not entertaining way of answering the question. This is an example of telling the truth (he never got caught), but not the whole truth (if he took them, and it turns out he did). It reminds me of those t-shirts that say it’s only illegal if you get caught.

Imagine someone asking you if you were a child molester. If you said, “I’ve never been caught”, it would look pretty suspicious, wouldn’t it?

Quote source

Mandarich, T, cited in Kozak, K (2009). Steroids fueled spectacular rise and fall, ESPN Internet Ventures,, accessed 26 November 2010.


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