“We received word from Jose Canseco, the former baseball star, saying, ‘I am having a breakdown. I can’t emotionally do it. I am emotionally drained. I am tired of defending myself,'” Larry King was forced to tell his CNN viewing audience when Tuesday’s show did not come off as scheduled.
This, after CNN promoted the fact that Canseco would come on to bash former Bash Brother Mark McGwire.
According to USA Today (linked here), Canseco’s blasting away at McGwire on other sources — including WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago, and with ESPN — took its toll on him.
“I’ve got no problems with a few of the things he’s saying, but again, it’s ironic and strange that Mark McGwire denies that I injected him with steroids,” Canseco told the radio show. “He’s calling me a liar again. I’ve defended Mark, I’ve said a lot of good things about him, but I can’t believe he just called me a liar … I want to challenge him on national TV to a polygraph examination. I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination.”
We want a polygraph as well to see if Canseco was lying about why he bailed on King’s show.