July 13, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - An overwhelmingly female jury with little interest in baseball will decide whether former pitching star Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. The jurors who took their seats Tuesday include a woman whose cousin, Al Bumbry, was a coach for the Boston Red Sox when Clemens played there. Another woman on the jury said she believes Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was "done wrong" in his criminal conviction in connection with dogfighting.
March 29, 2015
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he "never knowingly took any steroids" and he's definitely a Hall of Famer. The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for the Players' Tribune, a website founded by former Yankees star Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. Ortiz also voiced his displeasure that he will "always be considered a cheater" to his detractors. Ortiz contends nobody in baseball has been tested more for performance-enhancing drugs than he has - more than 80 times since 2004.
June 18, 2004 |
In the latest attempt to clear her name from drug allegations, Marion Jones took a lie detector test that her lawyer says vindicates the star sprinter. Jones took the test from a certified polygraph examiner, Ronald Homer, on Wednesday and her attorney, Joseph Burton, sent the results to the United States Anti-Doping Agency yesterday. "Ms. Jones' passing of this polygraph examination fully vindicates the position we have stated to you privately, and to the public in general: that Ms. Jones has never used performance-enhancing drugs at any time in her life, whether or not such drugs relate to BALCO or any other entity or person," Burton said in a letter to USADA legal director Travis Tygart that was obtained by the Associated Press.
January 11, 2008 |
Major league baseball and the NFL agreed to join the U.S. Olympic Committee in funding anti-doping research, each contributing $3 million to create the most extensive drug-fighting partnership between America's biggest pro leagues and its Olympic federation. The USOC also is giving $3 million and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is giving $1 million to the new Partnership for Clean Competition, a collaborative that will use the initial $10 million to fund grants for research to combat performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
March 30, 2011 |
One by one, they walked down the aisle of Courtroom 10 and took a seat on the witness stand for their public day of reckoning. First Jason Giambi, the 2000 American League MVP. Then his brother Jeremy. And finally Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds' San Francisco Giants teammate. In the biggest mass confession to steroids use in baseball history, the trio testified yesterday at Bonds' trial. They all said they purchased and used performance-enhancing drugs from Greg Anderson, the trainer who is in jail for his refusal to testify against Bonds.
November 16, 2006 |
LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens said she has no knowledge of drug use among tour players, but said the tour still plans to start checking. The LPGA Tour said yesterday it will begin testing players for performance-enhancing drugs in 2008, a move that makes it the first major golf tour to announce a drug-testing program. Specifics of the testing plan will be worked up over the next 6 to 9 months, Bivens said. The tour plans to announce the program details, including testing methods and banned substances, in the second half of the 2007 season.
May 23, 2011 |
Lance Armstrong's former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, says Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond, according to a report aired last night on "60 Minutes. " Hamilton said he saw Armstrong take performance-enhancing drugs, EPO and testosterone and also saw him receive a banned blood transfusion in 2000. "I feel bad that I had to go here and do this," Hamilton said in his first public admission of doping throughout his career.
July 12, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The attorney for Roger Clemens gave his strongest hint yet that the former baseball star may not testify in his trial on charges of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs as he pressed potential jurors not to hold Clemens' silence against him. A retiree was dismissed after he said he said he would suspect Clemens was guilty if he chose not to testify. "I would kind of feel like what the government says might be true," the man said. Clemens watched without speaking during three days of intense questioning of 50 potential jurors that qualified 35 people for potential service.
July 3, 2014 |
WHAT'S ALARMING is not that Lane Johnson reportedly took performance-enhancing drugs and/or that Lane Johnson reportedly was caught taking performance-enhancing drugs. What's alarming is if Lane Johnson reportedly took performance-enhancing drugs and believed he would not be caught taking performance-enhancing drugs. Because it implies at least that there are dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe even a few hundred playing in the National Football League who believe the same thing. And that implies that the NFL's steroid-testing policy is less of a policy than a crapshoot, a crapshoot full of escape hatches and denial opportunities and clouded confusion that allows players to play beyond the "be more careful next time" slap on the wrists that these suspensions amount to be, and allows players to retain or regain their popularity among the increasingly uninterested fan base by claiming ignorance ("I didn't realize the banned substance was in my supplement")
May 26, 2011
IT IS ONE OF the few columns I've written that still bugs me. Not because I was wrong. I've been wrong about plenty of stuff; that doesn't bother me. As I always say, "My columns aren't telling you that I am correct, just telling you what I believe. " The column ran July 6, 2007. The headline: "What price do you put on innocence?" The deck head: "Jones never found guilty of doping, but suspicion has left her nearly broke. " If you haven't figured it out, my subject was Olympic sprinter Marion Jones, who at that time was still claiming innocence against accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs and had spent a good deal of her money defending herself.