Arnold's message: 'Fess up, stay clean

Updated: February 22, 2009, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no stranger to athletic competition -- or to steroids. And the former champion bodybuilder says there's no place for drugs in sports these days.

In an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Schwarzenegger said top athletes are inspirations to young people and to people trying to lose weight and stay fit.

A former action film star, Schwarzenegger said competition drives athletes to use drugs. His advice: "Come out, be clean and say, 'Look, I used that, I made a mistake.' "

The California Republican added that not using drugs or alcohol should always be a part of the message aimed at children in sports.

Schwarzenegger has said in the past that he used steroids in his bodybuilding days, long before they became illegal without a prescription.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press