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Arnold's message: 'Fess up, stay clean

2/22/2009

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.