Showing posts with label Steroids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steroids. Show all posts

Friday, August 20, 2010

Clemens Indicted



My MS Paint picture from when this Clemens news first came about, a post in late 2007.
It has been a while since we have had some steroid news, nearly 2 years after Roger Clemens testified in front of congress he has been indicted on 6 counts of perjury. These government steroid trials take so long, I wish this was all over but this is far from over.

 No need to fear, lemme handle this, Look buddy, I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings, uh, I'm well educated, well versed. I know that situations like this, court wise, are complex.

Let me put on my lawyer pants and break this down for you.

With these charges looming over his head Clemens has a few choices: take a plea bargain, go to trail or flee the country. Since Clemens has been fairly defiant throughout this whole processes I highly doubt he grovel for a plea bargain. So that means we will get to see a trial......in about a year. Clemens will put on a show for the jury with his silky smooth arguments (remember 2008? I am being sarcastic). It is very likely that Clemens will go to jail, my guess if for at least 6 months along with some fines. It all comes down to the jury, which no one can predict.

From the Rocket's Twitter:


I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.

Rocket

Here is the link to the full indictment if you are into that sort of thing.

Here is a breakdown of what and why he was charged with if you are too lazy to read the legal document:

Count 1: Obstruction of Justice:
• Four separate denials that he'd never used HGH or steroids
• Never spoken to Brian McNamee about HGH or steroids
• Denial about his knowledge of HGH
• Two separate denials he'd been injected by McNamee with vitamin B-12
• Two denials he'd been injected by McNamee with lidocaine
• Said needles were lined up in the clubhouse after games, ready for B-12 injections
• Said Yankee teammate Andy Petitte misheard or misremembered Clemens telling teammate in or around 1999 of HGH use
• Said Clemens didn't know McNamee was injecting Clemens' wife
• Said Clemens had "no idea" former Sen. George Mitchell wanted to talk to him for his 2007 report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball
• Said he was not in [Jose Canseco's] house on or about June 9, 1998

Count 2: False statements, HGH
• Based on denial he used HGH

Count 3: False statements, steroids
• Based on denial he used steroids

Count 4: False statements, B12
• Said McNamee injected him with B12

Count 5: Perjury, HGH
• Based on denial he received HGH from McNamee

Count 6: Perjury, steroids
• Based on denial he received steroids from McNamee


Oh and one more thing:



HAHAHAHA

Gets me every time.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Breaking News: Manny Tests + For P.E.D.S














Major League Baseball is expected to announce Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games, The Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Ramirez's suspension is expected to be announced Thursday, The Times said.

Triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul has been told by the Dodgers that he will be promoted later today, according to The Times.

In his first full season as a Dodger, Ramirez is batting .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Los Angeles has bolted to a 21-8 record -- best in the majors -- and a 13-0 record at home that set the modern major league record for home winning streak to start a season.
UPDATE: Yahoo says that Manny tested positive for a sexual enhancer. Manny did not test positive for a steroid or human growth hormone.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A-Rod Steroid Mess

Talk of the A-Rod and steroids heated up again yesterday. The Daily News ran an article based on Selena Roberts' new book. The story talks about A-Rod's suspected steroid use in high school. The article said things like Rodriguez 'may have' and 'suspected of'. It used Alex's benching totals from sophmore year as it's main proof.

Now to seems to me you don't break a story without any hard evidence, which is exactly what Roberts did. Without any conclusive proof (names, dates, witnesses) these accusations mean nothing. Selena Roberts is just trying to get her book sold. You can do this to almost any Major Leauger. The book also higlights his Hooters tipping habits and "sleezy womanizing". Her book, cleverly titled "A-Rod", is set to drop May 4th. I personally will not be picking this one up.

Monday, February 23, 2009

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

A-Rod's Cousin Found

You know, its a little scary how little time that took. Apparently though, ESPN felt it was necesary to send people to the Dominican Republic to hunt down Yuri Sucart.

The article portrays him as a good, loyal friend to Alex who was a willing accomplice in this but nothing more. That's essentially what Alex said in his press conference, "I'd rather not get into who my cousin is. I'm here to stand front and center and take the blame, because I am responsible for this. He basically took an instruction from me and felt he was doing something that was going to be helpful, not hurtful." This backs up one part of the story that the radio guys doubted. Its a pretty irrevelant part though and is it really worth the invasion of Sucart's privacy?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A-Rod

I`ve been putting this off as long as I could but I guess yesterday's press conference can't be ignored forever. Again, we`re seeing typical reactions from typical sources. ESPN and WFAN have been flaming the guy while certain blogs are heaping praise on him. All in all, I think he did alright but some parts didn't quite satisfy me and I don't think we`ve heard the last of this story.

I respect him for admitting he used steroids rather than fruitlessly trying to fight it and turning into a distraction the rest of the year. I`m buying the fact that he only cheated from 2001-2003. However, some of the details bothered me.

Two of the things that were disappointing were the opening statement, which came across as insincere, and the lack of follow up questions. Follow up questions were a key to this thing and they blew it on that one. His excuse for his claim that Selena Roberts had broken into his house was weak and I doubt that he truly didn't know the effects of the drugs he was using. The contradictions with the Gammons interview were to common for me to trust his word anymore.

Alex has lied a lot and as a former fan of him I can't really defend him anymore. The Yankees need him to hit if they`re going to make the playoffs and I have very little doubt that he will. I also think that one of these years he`s going to have a big "clutch" postseason that people can't ignore. By the end of his career, when he has all the records people will look back at this as a speed bump in a long, historic career. However, again, like many of his former fans, I feel betrayed and disappointed by his actions. Clearly, he`s been lying to himself about what he did and the apology was welcome, it just wasn't a full apology.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A-Rod Press Conference


In case you have not seen it.

Release the names

I`ve got the flu so I`m laying on the couch lsitening to Max Kellerman right now. He had a decent idea for the other 103 guys who failed tests in 2003. The names will inevitably come out so why don't the players step forward and admit it all at once. It would endear the players to the public if they came out and admitted it and it would get the story out of the way immediately rather than having the names drip out over a few years. A lot of guys would be hidden by the other 103 positive tests. Thoughts?

In case you haven't heard.....

A-Rod is having a press conference today to discuss his steroid use. Hopefully, we won't hear any of the spin/lies we heard in the Gammons interview. If he answers the questions honestly and simply then maybe we can start to put this behind us. I`m not desperate to hear the gory details and I think the majority of Yankees fans feel the same way. He does need to clarify how long he was using and what he was using. I don't know about you guys but that's all I need.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A-Rod Says Sorry......Again

Believe me, I wish this would just all go away but as the news keeps coming out I gotta to keep reporting it.
From the Bergen Record
Alex Rodriguez has called Sports Illustrated’s Selena Roberts to apologize for critical comments he made during an ESPN interview.  
Roberts was co-author of the Feb. 7 article on SI’s Web site that reported he was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids during baseball’s anonymous 2003 survey. Rodriguez told ESPN two days later that he had used banned substances from 2001-3 while playing for Texas.  
“I know this lady from Sports Illustrated, Selena Roberts, is trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. I mean, that’s the biggest bunch of baloney I’ve ever heard in my life,” he told ESPN, adding that “this lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies.”  
Roberts said today that Rodriguez called her last Wednesday. She didn’t want to comment on the call until Rodriguez holds a news conference after arriving at spring training Tuesday.  
She is writing a book “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” due for publication by HarperCollins on April 14.
Gammens should have stopped A-Rod mid-rant.
Here is what A-Rod actually said about Roberts: 
Selena Roberts, is trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. 
I mean, that's the biggest bunch of baloney I've ever heard in my life. 
 I mean, what makes me upset is that Sports Illustrated pays this lady, Selena Roberts, to stalk me. This lady has been thrown out of my apartment in New York City. This lady has five days ago just been thrown out of the University of Miami police for trespassing. And four days ago she tried to break into my house where my girls are up there sleeping, and got cited by the Miami Beach police. I have the paper here. This lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies because she's writing an article for Sports Illustrated and she's coming out with a book in May.  
Really respectable journalists are following this lady off the cliff and following her lead. And that, to me, is unfortunate.
We all know A-Rod is not a media genius but he slipped up here. It was the right move doing the interview and coming clean. The things he said in the interview however are just plain old stupid. Though he did say he was sorry he also blamed the era and Selena Roberts. Though he did say sorry a bunch of times, don't throw anyone else under the bus for your own mistakes.

    1. Saying that he didn't know what drug he was taking.
Ok come on, I don't think that he is fooling anyone with this. Every professional athlete out there knows exactly what they are taking, how much of it, its effect ect.
    2. Dancing around where he got the drugs.
When asked "Where he got the drugs from?" from Gammens A-Rod danced around the question blaming the era and throwing something in about GNC. He is protecting some teammate or doctor but don't blatantly lie to the country. Primobolan is a black market drug that can not be prescribed in the U.S. this is not GNC stuff. 
    3. Give compelling evidence that you are off the juice for good.
When asked what the best evidence of him coming clean is A-Rod rolled 
off a statistic about his weight. The thing is that the drug that he was taking, Primobolan, does not really add weight it just helps you build and maintain lean muscle.

What's next? Win in October, A-Rod, that is the only thing that will dampen the memory of this scandal.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Wrapping Up the A-Rod Filled Day

  • Here is what our President had to say about the A-Rod situation
  • This is the official statement from the Yankees: 
    “We strongly believe there is no place in baseball for performance enhancing drugs of any type, and we support the efforts of the Commissioner to continually improve the testing process. “We urged Alex to be completely open, honest and forthcoming in addressing his use of performance enhancing drugs. We take him at his word that he was. Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex—like all of us—is a human being not immune to fault. “We speak often about the members of this organization being part of a family, and that is never more true than in times of adversity. Alex took a big step by admitting his mistake, and while there is no condoning the use of performance enhancing drugs, we respect his decision to take accountability for his actions. We support Alex, and we will do everything we can to help him deal with this challenge and prepare for the upcoming season.”
  • VIDEO: The Complete A-Rod Interview


    This is the compete A-Rod interview with Peter Gammons

    Video courtesy of espn.com

    A-Rod Tells All

    As I said before A-Rod should come clean and that is exactly what he did today on ESPN. What he generally said was that he took PEDs from 2001 to 2003. Here is his full quotes from ESPN
    "When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," Rodriguez told ESPN's Peter Gammons in an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. "Back then, [baseball] was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was na├»ve. I wanted to prove to everyone I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time.  "I did take a banned substance. For that, I'm very sorry and deeply regretful. Overall, I felt a tremendous pressure to play, and play really well" in Texas, the New York Yankees third baseman said. "I had just signed this enormous contract I felt like I needed something, a push, without over-investigating what I was taking, to get me to the next level. I am sorry for my Texas years. I apologize to the fans of Texas. The more honest we can all be, the quicker we can get baseball [back] to where it needs to be," he said. "It wasn't a real dramatic day. I started experimenting with things that, today, are not legal, that today are not accepted ... ever since that incident happened, I realized that I don't need any of it. There were a lot of people doing a lot of different things," Rodriguez said, noting that he wasn't specifically pointing out the Rangers"I had never heard anything since," he said. "Whatever I was experimenting with in Texas might have been OK."
    This is exactly what A-Rod needed to do. Lay down exactly what he did and apologize. He did not lie and say it was a one time thing. Hopefully this three year stint is the extent of his steroid usage and he is not lying to the masses. A-Rod took full responsibility which is exactly what he had to do. If he is lying and more info comes out he will be in a much worse position. 

    I am surprised that Alex actually did this. This was a smart move and all of Alex's other media moves have not too bright. Usually whatever he says cause more trouble. 

    This is the biggest scandal I have ever covered and I think there is a lot we still don't know. Since this was an MLB test and they found out that so many players were on the juice but the steroid policy was still lax. I still think that commissioner's office should have done a much better job with steroids in baseball. 

    Sunday, February 8, 2009

    How Long?

    The question often being raised now about Alex Rodriguez is how long he was juicing. While driving yesterday I had a thought. Does anybody else remember all the talk about A-Rod slimming down before the 2007 season? Maybe I`m imagining it because I can't find a link but I recall that. That's a warning sign for somebody getting off the juice. Just a thought......

    Saturday, February 7, 2009

    More Info on the Alex Rodriguez Steroid Scandal

    Looks like Canseco was right, A-Rod did use the juice along with 103 other players in 2003. Of course when Canseco pointed the finger it was disregarded, it seems like Jose was just trying to make a quick buck. Remember when he denied it on national television?:

    Facts in Report
    • The drug that A-Rod tested positive for is Primobolan which is an expensive anabolic steroid that improves strength. 
    • In '04 the tests were supposed to be random due to more than 5% of the league testing positive the previous year. In the si.com report however Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the players union, was said to have warned Rodriguez and a few other high profile players that thier test was coming up in 2 weeks.
    • Here is an interesting paragraph straight from the SI article:
    Arguments before an 11-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena are ongoing between government prosecutors and the players' association over the government's seizure of the test results from the Long Beach lab. The agents who collected the material had a search warrant only for the results for the 10 BALCO-linked players. Attorneys from the union argue that the government is entitled only to the results for those players, not the entire list. If the court sides with the union, federal authorities may be barred from using the positive survey test results of non-BALCO players such as Rodriguez in their ongoing investigations.
    A-Rod, in the coming years was set to take the tarnished home run throne currently held by Barry Bonds. He was going to set things right, strip Bonds of one of the most coveted titles in baseball and do it all with no enhancement. Even if this report is not true (highly unlikely), A-Rods reputation is forever smeared. He will continue to be one of the best players in baseball, make the big bucks and be loved. This report causes doubt and the only way to clear this doubt is to just come out. Tell the world the truth, denying it will only make things worse. Apologize, say that is the last time you have done it and it was a huge mistake. If A-Rod doesn't try to put things right he is in for a world of hurt.

    Here We Go Again....

    Somehow, I just knew we were going to have another A-Rod controversy before Spring Training. Joe Torre's book wasn't enough, we needed something bigger. Something with more staying power. Sports Illustrated broke the news this morning.

    When I woke up and read on the ESPN ticker that A-Rod had tested positive for steroids in 2003 it was pretty bad. Shocked isn't the right word, every time we`ve had news break about steroids I was holding my breath, waiting for A-Rod's name. Its exactly like him. He`s the hardest worker on the Yankes by all accounts and baseball is his life. That he cheated to get ahead is no shocker. Dissapointing and frustrating is more accurate. Dissapointment is more accurate. Other than the fact that he's just a great Yankee, he had a chance to top Bonds' home run record. Alex could have been the clean golden boy of baseball to take the record back from Bonds. Now, that's not possible for obvious reasons.

    Then reality sunk in. This test was back in 2003. Steroids have been outlawed since 1991 but it wasn't until 2004 that actual penalties were put in place. That essentially means that while theirs a mental asterick on everything before 2004 and after 1991, its tough to call it cheating. If something is illegal but has no penalty behind it, can you be held accountable for what you did? I don't think so. Its human nature and as we learn more, its becoming obvious that most of the league was juicing. Since then, he hasn't failed a test. Did he just start taking undetectable stuff or did he just stop? Nobody knows. If he stopped as soon as they put teeth behind their ban in 2004 I can't really blame the guy. Its stupid but not morally wrong.

    What's going to be the fallout from this? I have no idea. We`ve had predictable responses around the blogosphere. A-Rod fans defended him while detractors criticized him. ESPN actually seemed to show some balance in their coverage of this. For the next week or so it`ll be big news and then in Spring Training it`ll come up again. However, in the end, he`ll be cheered and when he christens the New Stadium with its first home run he`ll get a curtain call. Their's still more to be learned about this, lets just reserve judgement until we know more.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    I'm Not Gonna Talk About Steroids

    I will not be covering the Roger Clemens saga, like many other Yankee blogs. I'm not sure if Roger used, and right now, I really don't care. He's probably done playing baseball, so what does it matter? We can't change what has already happened. Why Congress has to get involved, I will never understand, but this whole thing has really become ridiculous.

    Monday, February 11, 2008

    Pettitte, Knoblauch and Radomski Dropped From Witness List

    Congress recently decided not to make accused steroid users/dealers Chuck Knoblauch, Andy Pettitte and Kirk Radomski testify before Congress, because all they would do is distract everyone from the Clemens vs McNamee fight to the death. Presumably, the two will be given their choice of weapon, and the last man standing wins. But seriously, it is believed that Pettitte asked out of testifying because he did not want to implicate Clemens publicly. Regardless, one of these two men is lying to Congress, and hopefully, the truth will come out, and then one of them will likely be tried for perjury.

    Friday, February 8, 2008

    News and Notes

    Random stuff from a slow news day:

    Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    McNamee Meets With Congress

    Brian McNamee spoke in front of congress today, and gave evidence that he thought proves Roger Clemens' use of PEDs. He turned over vials, syringes and gauze pads to the feds. Earl Ward, his lawyer, said "This is evidence the government has that we believe will corroborate Brian in every significant way." The vials are said to contain traces of steroids and HGH, and the syringes and gauze pads are said to have Clemens' DNA on them. The syringes and gauze pads are from 2000 and 2001, and McNamee said he kept them because he feared Clemens would deny using steroids in the future. My question is, why did McNamee think that he would need to prove Clemens' use of PEDs? Was he planning on turning him in? This whole Clemens thing is beginning to get a little ridiculous.