Ending more than a decade of denials, former home run king Mark McGwire admitted Monday that anabolic steroids and human growth hormone helped make him become one of baseball’s elite. “The toughest thing is my wife, my parents, close friends have had no idea that I hid it from them all this time,” said McGwire. “I knew this day was going to come. I didn’t know when.” In a 20 minute emotional interview, McGwire told press he used steroids and human growth hormone on and off for a decade during his professional baseball career, starting before the 1990 season. “I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said. “It was foolish and it was a mistake.” In 1998 McGwire made headlines when his record of 70 homeruns broke Roger Maris’1961 record of 61 homers. He became an instant baseball icon and won the hearts of many fans before ending his career with 583 home runs, tied for eighth all time. In a shaky voice, McGwire went on to say that he understands why the Maris family now believes that Maris’s 61 home run record in 1961 should be considered the authentic record. “They have every right to,” McGwire said in an interview on the MLB Network. “It was a wrong thing what I did. I totally regret it. I just wish I was never in that era,” he continued. The 12-time All-Star and 1987 Rookie of the Year went on to say that his confession has nothing to do with the Hall of Fame, but has to do with finally coming clean after five years of continue denial and lies to his fans. In four appearances on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, McGwire has finished at 21-24 percent, well below the 75 percent necessary.