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Clemens, Others Implicated in Banned Drug Case

By Lance Pugmire and Tim Brown, Times Staff Writers

October 1, 2006

 

Roger Clemens, 44, one of professional baseball's most durable and successful pitchers, is among six players accused by a former teammate of using performance-enhancing drugs, 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 a search warrant affidavit filed in Phoenix on May 31. The document was based on statements made to federal agents by pitcher Jason Grimsley.

 

Grimsley, a journeyman relief pitcher who has 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 that were 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, but retained it to read back what had been blacked out of the public copies. A second source and confidante of Grimsley had previously disclosed player identities and provided additional details about the affidavit. The sources insisted on anonymity.

 

According to the affidavit, Grimsley told investigators that Clemens and Pettitte "used athletic performance-enhancing drugs." He also 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.

 

Grimsley was detained after he allegedly received an illegal shipment of human growth hormones. The shipment was tracked to his Scottsdale, Ariz., home by a task force of federal agents investigating drug use in professional baseball, the affidavit said.

 

For a time, Grimsley secretly cooperated with investigators, they said, but stopped after retaining a lawyer.

 

According to the 20-page search warrant affidavit signed by IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky, Grimsley told investigators he obtained amphetamines, anabolic steroids and human growth hormones from a source recommended to him by former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee. The former team trainer is a personal strength coach for both Clemens and Pettitte.

 

McNamee did not return multiple messages left with his wife and on his answering machine.

 

The affidavit also alleges that Grimsley told federal agents that his former Oriole teammates -- Tejada, Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons -- "took anabolic steroids." Roberts was the American League's All-Star second baseman in 2005 when Grimsley was an Oriole.

 

All three Baltimore players declined to be interviewed. Roberts said he had "nothing to talk about" and didn't know why Grimsley named him. A sixth player, retired outfielder David Segui previously came forward to say that his name was among those blacked out in the affidavit provided to the public. Segui told ESPN in June that he used HGH on the advice of his doctor as recently as the 2004 season. He did not obtain approval from the league, he acknowledged.

 

Government officials have declined to comment about either their ongoing investigation of drugs in professional baseball.

 

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who came out of retirement to pitch for the Astros in each of the last two years, was a teammate of Grimsley on the Yankees in 1999-2000, as was Pettitte, a two-time All-Star who is nearing 200 career wins. Grimsley, Tejada, Gibbons and Roberts were teammates in Baltimore during the 2005 season.

 

Grimsley started this year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but requested voluntary retirement in June after his arrest. The National League also suspended him for 50 games. Edward Novak, Grimsley's lawyer, did not return calls. Previously, he publicly disputed the claims investigators made the affidavit, saying that his client did not volunteer the names of any teammates. He said federal agents asked Grimsley to wear a recording device to gather evidence against San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, but Grimsley refused.

 

Grimsley has not been charged. Since June, he has complained to friends that federal agents credited him with statements and disclosures he didn't make.

 

"Jason is loyal to the death, a hard-headed guy who would not give up his friends," one of Grimsley's friends said Saturday. "The only names he discussed with those investigators were names ... [the investigators] suggested to him."

 

The Grimsley friend, who talked about the investigation on condition that he was not named, said investigators warned the pitcher "if he didn't continue to cooperate, they would expose him as a rat."

 

Richard Levin, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said the organization and players association are "doing everything we can to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing substances and amphetamines from the game."

 

Regarding the investigators' affidavit, Levin said baseball officials have "no information [about] how it was obtained or its accuracy."

 

Clemens has surprised many in the baseball world with his late-career success. Of his 348 career wins, 68 have come since the summer he turned 40. In a controversial tell-all book released two winters ago, former major leaguer Jose Canseco speculated that Clemens's late career surge reflected "classic signs" of steroid use.

 

"Roger says it is all nonsense," Clemens' agent Randy Hendricks responded to Newsday at the time. He said the pitcher "takes vitamin B-12 shots ... and will pass every [drug] test."

 

Pettitte, 34, pitched nine seasons and was a part of four World Series championships for the Yankees, then signed with the Astros after the 2003 season, helping Houston advance to the World Series in 2005, and winning 13 more games this year for a career record of 185-104.

 

Tejada, listed at 5-10, 170, hit 30 home runs for the first time in 2000 for the Oakland A's, and has established himself as one of the game's best middle-infield power hitters.

 

He was drawn into baseball's steroids scandal last August, when Rafael Palmeiro, who tested positive for an anabolic steroid and was suspended 10 games, told an appeals panel the test might have resulted from injectable vitamins given to him by Tejada. After investigating, the panel cleared Tejada.

 

Tejada's increasingly sullen demeanor has attracted hometown press coverage in Baltimore where he also has become a target of complaints from fans for not hustling.

 

During the summer, he cancelled an interview with The Times for this story. "I don't want to talk to you," he said. Later, Tejada referred a reporter to his agent, Diego Bentz, who did not return calls.

 

Outfielder Gibbons, a product of Mayfair High in Lakewood and Cal State Los Angeles, spent late June on the disabled list and rehabilitating a knee injury in Scottsdale, Ariz. But at his Lakewood home on July 5, his father, Jim, acknowledged the player was aware of the affidavit.

 

"Is this about Grimsley?" the elder Gibbons asked of a visiting Times reporter. "I'm not saying anything about it. I'll let him know you stopped by."

 

Roberts, listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, hit 18 home runs in 561 at-bats last season, matching his combined total through the previous six years in the major and minor leagues.

 

Grimsley, a right-hander, told investigators he had used anabolic steroids beginning in 2000, tested positive during 2003 survey testing, and switched to human growth hormone, undetectable in a urine test, after that. He admitted also to using amphetamines until the joint drug agreement banned them several months ago, according to the affidavit.

 

In a major-league career that began with four starts for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, Grimsley played for seven organizations. He played alongside Clemens and Pettitte with the Yankees in 1999-00, and Tejada, Gibbons, Roberts and Segui with the Orioles in 2004-05.

 

Grimsley told investigators he had tested positive for steroids during baseball's survey testing in 2003 and that he, like others, had switched to HGH as a result, according to the affidavit.

 

Baseball's steroid scandal, which grew from the federal investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative [or BALCO], appears to have broadened. According to the affidavit, Grimsley also told agents about doctors in Florida and Colorado who have provided drugs to ballplayers. The federal task force handling the probe is headed by Novitzky.

 

Major League Baseball has set up a board of inquiry headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell of Maine to investigate steroid use among ballplayers. That investigation has been criticized as slow-moving and weak. Key figures, including retired slugger Mark McGwire, have reportedly declined to participate.

 

The baseball investigators cannot compel testimony.

 

Pugmire reported from Baltimore. Brown reported from San Francisco.

 

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clemen...-home-headlines

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I coulda told you Clemens was a juicer.....if your going to use the same argument of getting better with age to crucify Bonds.....Clemens has been damn good well past his prime.

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I coulda told you Clemens was a juicer.....if your going to use the same argument of getting better with age to crucify Bonds.....Clemens has been damn good well past his prime.

 

 

i agree, I've been bringing up that argument with my friends, and I might as well be crazy according to them

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Pettitte was best friends with Clemens and they were "workout buddies" -- it's not all that surprising to me. It is funny to see the reaction of Yankee fans now that the first "Real" Yankee has been accused.

 

I picked up Roberts for my fantasy team a few years ago for some stolen bases and the guy ended up hitting like 20 homers. He had a ridiculous power spike that he credited to new contacts of all things. I'm not surprised about him at all either.

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Built like a tank eh?

 

I really disagree with that statement probably because Brian Roberts has always been my favorite player i followed him through the minors and everything.

 

Roberts is also my computer background and screensaver this is insanity :mad

 

These "statements" don't seem to hold true to any of these players except Tejada.

 

Clemens looks the same as always, as does pettitte, and Gibbons came up in the Jays system as a natural power hitter and reputation for being a heavy weight lifter.

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Built like a tank eh?

 

I really disagree with that statement probably because Brian Roberts has always been my favorite player i followed him through the minors and everything.

 

Roberts is also my computer background and screensaver this is insanity :mad

 

These "statements" don't seem to hold true to any of these players except Tejada.

 

Clemens looks the same as always, as does pettitte, and Gibbons came up in the Jays system as a natural power hitter and reputation for being a heavy weight lifter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Im not saying he is guilty. I hope Roberts isnt.

 

 

But look at how fricking vascular his forarms are. The only that comes to mind when I look at his forearms is those guys you see on the cover of Muscle Weekly.

 

Who knows..........

 

:confused

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Yes, he is built like a tank. I've been going to Orioles ST at Ft. Lauderdale for quite a few years now and am always surprised how much bigger he is in person and up close than on T.V.

 

 

He's a totally nice guy. Always signing autographs after practice in the parking lot and is friendly to the fans, so I hope everything works out for his sake.

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I think it's funny that people are claiming that he's too nice or he's the type of guy who would use steroids or HGH. Sounds exactly like what people were saying after Rafael Palmiero's comments in front of congress. If there's anything we've learned from that situation, it's that no one is above question.

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He's a totally nice guy. Always signing autographs after practice in the parking lot and is friendly to the fans, so I hope everything works out for his sake.

 

Yes he sure is I met him at Orioles Fanfest back in February he was a very nice person patient w/ all the girls who screamed at him and stuff.

 

I don't think he'd take anything coming from what nearly was an all baseball family.

 

It just doesn't make sense B-rob has been injured 1-2 times in a 4-5 year career. Tejada obviously hasn't been injured to the point he can't play, even though i've always been suspicious about him.

 

Why don't Grimsley talk about other teams? what about the Royals? I'd believe Mike Sweeney taking something he's hurt nearly every day now.

 

Roberts was entering the prime of his career Grimsley has no more information than us fans it's to the point that: " well he got bigger so he probably took something."

 

 

 

Roberts, listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds

 

Case closed.

 

Anabolic Steroids make people huge. Roberts hasn't gained any weight from when he first came up.

 

I know it's just a listing but still.

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He's a totally nice guy. Always signing autographs after practice in the parking lot and is friendly to the fans, so I hope everything works out for his sake.

 

Yes he sure is I met him at Orioles Fanfest back in February he was a very nice person patient w/ all the girls who screamed at him and stuff.

 

I don't think he'd take anything coming from what nearly was an all baseball family.

 

It just doesn't make sense B-rob has been injured 1-2 times in a 4-5 year career. Tejada obviously hasn't been injured to the point he can't play, even though i've always been suspicious about him.

 

Why don't Grimsley talk about other teams? what about the Royals? I'd believe Mike Sweeney taking something he's hurt nearly every day now.

 

Roberts was entering the prime of his career Grimsley has no more information than us fans it's to the point that: " well he got bigger so he probably took something."

 

 

 

Roberts, listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds

 

Case closed.

 

Anabolic Steroids make people huge. Roberts hasn't gained any weight from when he first came up.

 

I know it's just a listing but still.

 

ya and bonds is listed at 210 pounds... :whistle

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I told you a few weeks ago that it was highly probable that he was using steroids (I've also accused both Gibbons AND Tejada in the past) and you laughed at me.

 

I didn't start posting again until 3 days ago buddy.

 

I'm not accusing anyone until they fail a drug test, it's that simple.

 

As a matter of fact i was born yesterday. I'm 12-13 years old and I admire baseball players (Brian Roberts in particular) so if you wanna trash talk a kid for believing in his role model then that's just sad.

 

Roberts is 170 Pounds. He hasn't failed a drug test. Show me evidence and i wont talk

 

Also if this happened to any other of your favorite players i bet a lot of you would have the same standpoint as i do.

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I told you a few weeks ago that it was highly probable that he was using steroids (I've also accused both Gibbons AND Tejada in the past) and you laughed at me.

 

I didn't start posting again until 3 days ago buddy.

 

I'm not accusing anyone until they fail a drug test, it's that simple.

 

As a matter of fact i was born yesterday. I'm 12-13 years old and I admire baseball players (Brian Roberts in particular) so if you wanna trash talk a kid for believing in his role model then that's just sad.

 

Roberts is 170 Pounds. He hasn't failed a drug test. Show me evidence and i wont talk

 

Also if this happened to any other of your favorite players i bet a lot of you would have the same standpoint as i do.

Just because he is "listed" at 170 pounds doesn't mean he didn't use steriods. Look at guys in the tour de France and sprinters in the olympics. None of them weigh 240 pounds.

 

Listen it's all good you are a young kid and he is your role model, but that doesn't mean he didn't do steriods. If you don't want people talking trash about players, don't post on a message board. Nobody is going to take it easy on you because of your age.

 

I don't know if Roberts is a juicer or not, but I don't think Grimsley would have been wise to lie to authorities either.

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Bonds in his 40s and still being a great player = obviously steroids

 

Clemens in his 40s and still being a great player = testament to his ability

 

Just because you're a douchebag or a nice guy doesn't mean you will or will not do steroids. Everything I heard about Giambi was that he was a great guy and was always signing autographs and always wanted to make everyone happy, but the guy was more roided up than a 70s weightlifter from the Soviet Union.

 

I think it's very likely that all of those guys were juicing, except for possibly Petttitte, but when people like Jorge Piedra and Alex Sanchez get busted for roids and they're not exactly gonna be confused with TO physically, I'd say anyone can fall under the cloud of suspicion.

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