So did you guys read about the steriod report for Baseball that came out today ? Basically many of the real good players used steriods to get their strength and their records. This is really pathetic that so many have been found guildy. So now what do you think they should do to those implicated in the report ???
|NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of baseball stars from Barry Bonds to Roger Clemens were named on Thursday in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on steroids use, which U.S. Major League Baseball hopes will help clean its tarnished image.
The sharply worded report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell called for unannounced year-round testing by an independent body to help end a pervasive culture of performance-enhancing drug use among all 30 big-league teams.
It blasted baseball ownership for overlooking the problem and the Players' Association for resisting drug testing in the past.
Players named for using steroids included a virtual Hall of Fame of some of the sport's biggest stars of recent years: Clemens, home-run king Bonds, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Eric Gagne, Miguel Tejada and David Justice.
Clemens, a seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award as best pitcher, angrily denied the allegations.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who commissioned the report, told a news conference he would act on the recommendations.
Although Mitchell's report said it did not think players cited should be punished, Selig said he reserved the right to discipline active players named in the report.
"I'm going to review his findings and the factual support," Selig said. "Punishments will be taken on a case-by-case basis."
In his news conference, Mitchell said, "For more than a decade there has been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball in violation of federal law and baseball policy.
"The response by baseball was slow to develop and was initially ineffective," said Mitchell, who launched the independent probe into doping in baseball in March 2006.
The report drew heavily on testimony from a former New York Mets clubhouse attendant who cooperated as part of a plea deal with federal officials after his arrest for distributing drugs.
The biggest shock in the report involved detailed accounts by Clemens' personal trainer, Brian McNamee, of steroid use by the pitcher.
A lawyer for Clemens issued a statement saying he was outraged his name was included in the report.
"Roger has been repeatedly tested for these substances and he has never tested positive. There has never been one shred of tangible evidence that he ever used these substances and yet he is being slandered today," attorney Rusty Hardin said.
Mitchell said that so pervasive was the use of steroids -- which help build muscles and endurance quickly -- that "hundreds of thousands of children" were also using them in sports.
"Every American, not just baseball fans, ought to be shocked by that disturbing truth," he said.
Mitchell said steroid use fell after the adoption of a mandatory random drug-testing program in 2002, but club officials routinely discussed substance use when evaluating players.
But since the start of steroids testing, the use of Human Growth Hormone rose because, unlike steroids, it is not detectable through urine testing, he said.
Mitchell said former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent told him the problem was possibly "the most serious challenge that baseball has faced since the 1919 Black Sox scandal" -- when Chicago White Sox players conspired with gamblers to affect the outcome of the World Series championship.
The investigation linked more than 50 players to performance-enhancing drugs who had not been previously associated with doping and also named 24 others who had been previously cited in press reports and by the BALCO probe.
Reaction was swift.
"By and large, the conduct of the players' association was a disgrace and an outrage," Dick Pound, chief of the World Anti-Doping Agency told Reuters. "Very few players came forward, they had to be dragged screaming."
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, said: "It is a sad, sad day for the national pastime and all who love America. All involved should be ashamed."