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By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There would seem to be a difference between turning a blind eye to PED use, and actually encouraging it. Curt Schilling is saying the Red Sox did the latter.

In an interview with ESPN Radio on Wednesday, Schilling said that members of the Red Sox organization encouraged him to use PEDs.

From Jerry Sparr at WEEI via CBS Sports:

At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling told Colin Cowherd.

Asked for more details, Schilling said the conversation occurred in the clubhouse and involved “former members of the organization — they’re no longer there. It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.

“It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation.”

Schilling has often been critical of players who used performance enhancing drugs.

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