Looks like the previously published article didn't include everything that Ernie said:
Ernie Banks doesn't know if Sammy Sosa used steroids to eclipse the legendary Cub's franchise home-run record -- and Banks doesn't care.
''It wouldn't bother me,'' said Banks, whose 521 home runs rank second in Cubs history to Sosa's 545 (of 609 total). ''Whatever he did, just be honest about it. I like him a lot; he's wonderful. And I'm not accusing him of anything.''
''I don't know what he did or didn't do. But I know he hit the home runs. It doesn't bother me at all [whether steroids were involved]. But he hit the home runs for the Cubs. He created a lot of attention and great PR for the Cubs.
''I'm not saying he did no steroids. I don't know about any of that. I know there's been a lot of accusations with him and steroids. But I have no proof of that. I'm not the commissioner. All I know is I like him, and he's a wonderful player, and he hit 60 home runs three years for the Cubs. I don't care about any of this other stuff. It's totally different now than when I played.''
That COMPLETELY changes the tenor of his remarks as previously discussed.