In August 2007, Mr. Kennedy went on a media blitz in the UK promoting WWE. He proclaimed to a number of outlets that WWE stopped his steroid use in November 2005 because of the company's Wellness Policy and that his job was worth more than an extra ten pounds of muscle mass.
One of the media outlets he talked to was the Daily Star, and he proclaimed to them as well that he didn't use steroids. Of course, Kennedy was suspended by his employer a mere two weeks later as he was one of the WWE Superstars named in the mail-order performance enhancing drug scandal, alongside John Morrison, Edge, Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Charlie Haas, Umaga, William Regal, Funaki, Booker T and Chris Masters. Kennedy reportedly received anastrozole (to ward off developmental of breast tissue), somatropin (Growth hormone), and testosterone (anabolic steroid) between October 2006 and February 2007 (when the company was shut down by authorities).
The Daily Star had a chance to catch up with Kennedy, and the person behind their last story on him talked to him again. The writer confronted him about his past comments and asked Kennedy to explain himself.
"Overall I made a mistake. I'm sorry for it, I'm trying to move on and get past it," Kennedy said. "I would love to sit down with you for two or three hours and explain things.
"I was on a time schedule, so I would omit certain parts that I did not deem necessary. There is a lot more to it than what was said. It's something I feel passionately about. I believe wrestling has changed, and of course it's still apparent because I hear stories about the past, and how things were in the 80s. They are funny now, but at the time it was horrific, what happened on the road, and all the unethical things people did."
Kennedy added: "I stand by the fact that I stopped taking steroids for cosmetic reasons. If you simply look at pictures of me, there's a huge difference from when I started to now. When one partakes in those substances ... at the time I thought I was impervious, invincible. I ran into some of those situations, and you don't quit cold turkey – there are health risks. What we do is not ballet, it's an inevitability of our job, and people get hurt."
Kennedy also offered some comments regarding "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The article says Austin will be on the WrestleMania 25 card ("Mania 26 in Houston is on Kennedy's mind for a spectacular return. A certain Stone Cold Steve Austin, friend and mentor, will be joining him on a card that's bound to be stellar."). "He's always maintained he could come back and wrestle any time," Kennedy said. "Steve put in his time, and he still puts it in. He has a tremendous wrestling mind. It wasn't just a case of the right place at the right time. You can't bottle that, you can't teach that, he just had that God-given talent."
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