Sunday, October 01, 2006

Performance Enhancing Drug Use By Clemens, Pettite, Others

Here is part of this just breaking story, from the LA Times Sunday October 1, 2006. A day to be remembered.....

"Roger Clemens, one of professional baseball's most durable and successful pitchers, is among six players allegedly linked to performance-enhancing drugs by a former teammate, The Times has learned. The names had been blacked out in an affidavit filed in federal court.

Others whose identities had been concealed include Clemens' fellow Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte and former American League most valuable player Miguel Tejada of the Baltimore Orioles.

The discovery ends four months of speculation surrounding the possible identities of Major League Baseball figures whose names were redacted from the search warrant affidavit filed in Phoenix on May 31. The document was based on statements allegedly made to federal agents by pitcher Jason Grimsley, who has since retired.

Grimsley, a journeyman relief pitcher who played on several teams, including the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and the Angels, acknowledged using steroids, amphetamines and other drugs, investigators said in the document. He also implicated a number of former teammates, but the names were blacked out in copies of the affidavit made public in June after investigators used the warrant to raid Grimsley's house.

A source with authorized access to an unredacted affidavit allowed The Times to see it briefly and read aloud some of what had been blacked out of the public copies. A second source and confidant of Grimsley had previously disclosed player identities and provided additional details about the affidavit. The sources cooperated only on condition of anonymity.

According to the affidavit, Grimsley told investigators that Clemens "used athletic performance-enhancing drugs." He also allegedly said Tejada used anabolic steroids.

Clemens and Pettitte did not respond to requests for comment made Saturday through their agents and the Astros. Tejada had previously declined to be interviewed."

Peter here, and WOW. More on this later...much more. And the Orioles beat the Sox in game number 161......backseat stuff compared to this lead story. I'll be back later.

7 Comments:

At 10/01/2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

I've commented more, in detail, above the Pedro Article.

 
At 10/01/2006 10:56 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Where? I'll go to your blog for visit number two...I average more than that. Take care Michael.
A rain-out at the Fens? I think they'll try to get it in, but for how long? Who knows? The rain IS scattered. I'm off to Random Fandom..........one of blogdom's best. The link is listed on my link list, readers. Hilarity and general insanity is guaranteed...that's where all the fun is!

 
At 10/01/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger Christine E. said...

Maybe, this time, some actual punishments may be handed out..But, unfortunately, I doubt it--They did nothing to Jason Giambi OR Barry Bonds, whom they has hard evidence of infractions....

And yes, the games/world series they won are tainted--but isn't THAT the "yankee way?" Win by whatever means necessary?

Pathetic...

 
At 10/01/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger Katiee said...

mystique and aura must be code for steroids.
I am going to be lost for the next few months no baseball=sadness.
I hope they can get the game in today if not well let just hope they do. For Trot.

 
At 10/01/2006 5:12 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Christine...and yes, I so agree....the "P" word spells it perfectly. And Katiee, the game should be starting right around 5:30....and you won't be lost this winter if you stop by here a few times per week. Winter fun, with snow and stuff. Trust me! And thanks, both of you!! The tarp is OFF the infield in this, the swan song. For now......we survive....

 
At 10/01/2006 10:23 PM, Blogger laura said...

I don't know if I believe these latest accusations. I think I like the Orioles and Clemens too much and maybe that's clouding my judgment, but I'm not buying it yet.

 
At 10/02/2006 6:56 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I see your point. Where's the proof...the lab results. Right now it's just one person's word against everybody. Something stinks.

 

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