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There is probably no doubt anywhere that Roger Clemens used steroids. As he continues his legal wrangling with his former trainer, Brian McNamee, the Yankees want none of it. However, McNamee has plans to include the Yankees.
According to a story by Nathaniel Vinton in the Daily News, in a brief filed on Friday, McNamee has named a handful of current Yankees as potential witnesses in Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee.
The Yankees have never relished the destructive defamation suit former pinstripe hero Roger Clemens brought two years ago against his accuser, former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, but bigger headaches for the club may yet lie ahead according to a new appeals-court brief issued by McNamee’s defense attorneys.
A footnote deep in the 60-page brief lists current Yankee stars Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter as witnesses McNamee might call to the stand for sworn testimony about Clemens’ purported use of steroids and human growth hormone. Also listed among potential witnesses for McNamee is Angela Moyer, an alleged mistress of Clemens who tended bar near the Upper East Side apartment where McNamee said he visited Clemens after Yankee games to inject the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone (Clemens has testified he thought the syringes contained vitamin B12).
The brief, which McNamee’s attorneys sent Friday to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, portrays Clemens’ defamation suit as nearly dead in the water. It comes in response to Clemens’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year that eviscerated the suit, which Clemens first brought against McNamee on Jan. 6, 2008, three weeks after a report by former Senator George Mitchell first publicized McNamee’s accusations. Mitchell was also listed as a potential witness. He and the others could also be summoned to testify as part of a defamation countersuit that McNamee himself brought against Clemens last year in a federal court in Brooklyn — and will likely pursue, at least in order to recover his monumental legal fees.
Right now only the legal system could prevent from having the Yankee players testify. If the courts are convinced with the brief, then this won’t happen.
Am I the only one who has had enough of this?
A memo to ESPN, SI and every other media outlet covering this steroid nonsense. It’s enough.
For over 3 years now, this discussion has gone on…and on…and on. I, for one, am sick of it.
Enough with the discussions about who used them and who didn’t. Enough with the discussions about whether or not admitted users and those who tested positive belong in the Hall of Fame. Enough with anything related to steroids in baseball. It’s just too much.
I can’t deal with it any longer. I don’t even want to turn on ESPN. Haven’t we already beaten this story to death? Wasn’t that accomplished in 2007 with the release of the Mitchell Report and all the fun discussions (think Roger Clemens) that took place afterward?
In fact, if there was any confusion, I thought we buried the story last season with the admissions from three of baseball’s current sluggers (Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz) that they used PED’s in their careers.
But no. Big Mac comes out and confirms what we already knew – and I knew since middle school, that he used steroids in his storied career. Really? How shocking.
I’ve had enough now. I don’t want to hear anymore of this. I’m boycotting ESPN for 24 hours. After that, I’ll check things out and hopefully we’ve moved on.
I make a pact right now on behalf of Chris and I. No steroid discussions. Ever again. We might do what we did yesterday morning – point out McGwire admitted his use, give a good link and move on. But, no discussions, no “analysis” no rehashing all our old stories about this from the past. If you want to know out thoughts and feelings on the subject, check out our “Steroids” category and read to your heart’s content.
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Unless you were hidden somewhere on a remote Caribbean island yesterday, you had to hear that Mark McGwire, Big Mac himself, admitted what we all knew already. He uses shampoo and conditioner.
No wait, I’m wrong, he actually admitted he used PEDs. Performance enhancing drugs. Remember that word, folks.
In a confession released to the AP and later in the day in an hour-long live interview with Bob Costas, McGwire admitted using PEDs periodically during the 1990s, including during the 1998 home run chase between him and Sosa. Now we can officially say the home run chase in 1998 was 100% synthetically manufactured. The real home run owner is still Roger Maris*.
Before I head to work, here’s a link, a clip of the interview with McGwire, and ESPN’s Jayson Stark’s thoughts on the interview…
With the recent “leakage” of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and former slugger Manny Ramirez having tested positive for steroids in 2003, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has finally asked the federal court system to investigate who is responsible for the leaks.
If you are not familiar with the situation, here is a brief recap. In 2003 MLB was starting to get a lot of outside pressure to do something about the rampant steroid use in the game. In an agreement with the players association, all players on active rosters would submit to steroid tests to see exactly how many big league players were using.
The promise MLB made to the player’s association was that the names of those tested would never be released and quite possible would be destroyed. Either 103 or 104 players tested positive and their names were placed on a list. Assuming that all 25 players on each 30 MLB team’s rosters were tested, that means 750 total players were tested.
The MLBPA held onto the list of names and the federal government seized the list of names as a part of its BALCO investigation. The MLBPA sued, and three separate district court justices ruled the seizure of the names was illegal under the Fourth Amendment, however, those rulings were set aside by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, located in San Francisco. The ninth circuit heard the case in December 2008 and is expected to issue a ruling sometime this fall.
Since all this has happened, SI.com found out from four separate sources that Alex Rodriguez’ name was on the list. Subsequently, the NY Times cited lawyers close to legal proceedings when it reported that Sammy Sosa, Ortiz and Ramirez were also on the list.
Now that brings us back to today.
Finally, the MLBPA is taking the right steps to get this leaks plugged. The list was ordered sealed and all lawyers attached to this case are required to keep the information sealed, yet 4 names have been released and more would likely come in the future had the MLBPA elected not to do anything.
The MLBPA’s head guy, Donald Fehr issued this statement: “The leaking of information under a court seal is a crime. The active pursuit of information that may not lawfully be disclosed because it is under court seal is a crime. That its informants, according to the Times, are lawyers is both shocking and sad. That the Times is pursuing and publishing what it openly declares to be information which may not be legally disclosed is equally sad. We intend to take the appropriate legal steps to see that the court orders are enforced.”
Many players simply want this to end. Mark Teixeira, the Yankees first baseman who is also an executive member of the PA said, “Names are going to keep coming out, so just put it all out. Let everyone deal with it at the same time, because names coming out every two months isn’t good for the game. I don’t pass judgment on anybody. At the same time, as a guy that’s clean and has done things the right way his entire career, I don’t want any little kid looking at me and saying, ‘Did you do something? Were you on a list?’”
I’m just excited to see the player’s association finally threatening legal action against those responsible for the leaks. At this point, the steroid scandel is old news and for it to keep being rehashed every 2-3 months is just obnoxious. The list shoould be released all at once, much like the Mitchell Report and get it over and done with.
The NY Times reported Tuesday that former slugger Sammy Sosa was one of the 104 players who tested positive in 2003, when Major League Baseball was trying to figure out if there was a steroid problem in the league. The Times credited anonymous lawyers with access to the list for the information.
The list of players was released to the government when it was subpoenaed. Sosa is now the second player on that list to be identified by anonymous sources. Alex Rodriguez was exposed as a member of that list in February and admitted using the steroid primobolin while a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.
Sosa has long been suspected of using performance enhancing drugs, but has consistently denied it. In front of a congressional committee in March 2005, Sosa said, “To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs,” and cited the fact that he had always tested clean.
Both his agent, Andy Katz, and MLB declined to comment on the Times report. None of the major news sources have apparently been able to reach Sosa either.
Sosa is currently sixth on the career home run list with 609 dingers, almost all of them with the Chicago Cubs. It has long been suspected that Sosa used performance enhancing drugs. Along with Mark McGwire, Sosa was partly responsible for helping baseball heal after the 1994 player’s strike.
In 1998, he and McGwire raced along with former Yankees 1B Tino Martinez for Roger Maris’ home run record. McGwire ended the season with 66, setting the new mark. Barry Bonds would later reset the mark at 70 only two years later. Both McGwire and Bonds are also suspected of having used PEDs.