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So says SI.com, and he'll be suspended for 10 days.

He should've not wanted to talk about the past, I guess.

EDIT: He's the link.

Also, "positive, P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E, positive."

(edited by JayJayDean on 1.8.05 0928)


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Since the O's have totally collapsed over the past month, Raffy getting his 3,000th hit was looking to be the highlight of the season. And now this happens. Unbelievable.

How can he be so stupid as to go before Congress, tell them he doesn't use steroids, and then come back the next year and use steroids? Now his legacy is completely tarnished. As an O's fan, I really wanted to believe that he was the one guy at the Congressional hearings that didn't use steroids. I suppose that was a bit naive. Now the question becomes, is any slugger from this generation clean?



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Damn, I really wanted to believe him in front of congress. I also hate any story that lends creedance to Jose Canseco's rantings.

This is the steriod policy's first big "get". There's no way they can now prosecute him for lying to congress, is there?
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How do you know he was lying at that time? Maybe this was the first time he'd ever done it!



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All I'll say is, Giambi's looking better and better every day for being a man and telling the truth.



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And in a conference call to respond, Raffy rocks the semantics:

    Originally posted by Palmeiro
    "I am here to make it very clear that I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period. When I found out that I failed a test under the new drug policy, I filed a grievance and challenged the suspension on the basis that I have never intentionally taken a banned substance. Ultimately, although I never intentionally put a banned substance into my body the independent arbitrator ruled that I had to be suspended under the terms of the program."




      (edited by Blanket Jackson on 1.8.05 1309)
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Wow, I didn't know Viagra was a steroid.*

* = Let me be the first to make this obvious, obvious joke.

You don't think this might tarnish Raffy's HOF chances, could it? His numbers would seem to indicate otherwise, but since he was never a huge mainstream star, some writers might get all uppity about letting a 'cheat' into Cooperstown.



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Whenever I feel bad about the season my team's having, the O's are right there to remind me it could be oh so much worse.



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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    You don't think this might tarnish Raffy's HOF chances, could it? His numbers would seem to indicate otherwise, but since he was never a huge mainstream star, some writers might get all uppity about letting a 'cheat' into Cooperstown.

Oh, you know that's true. Two possible ways it doesn't effect his chances are if this either (1) blows over by the time he's electable, or (2) it becomes som commonplace that no one else would ever, otherwise, get in.



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    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    All I'll say is, Giambi's looking better and better every day for being a man and telling the truth.


Wasn't it just that his grand jury testimony leaked and then he offered some vague apology during spring training?
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    Originally posted by Roy.
    There's no way they can now prosecute him for lying to congress, is there?








He lied under oath to a Congressional Committee. That is perjury. http://www1.law.umkc.edu/suni/CrimLaw/calendar/Class_4_Fed_perjury.htm
Federal law is 5 years and a significant fine. If this committee is looking to send a message, I hope Raffy likes Fort Dix, while McGwire is just looking to help the future and not interested in the past.
As for Giambi: Considering his past and his finding his swing after talking to McGwire, I consider him guilty of using steroids again until proven innocent.

(edited by redsoxnation on 1.8.05 1615)
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Giambi could have went into the grand jury and lied, but he told them what he had done. More than Sosa, Big Mac and Viagraman did.

Either way, cheating is bad.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
      Originally posted by Roy.
      There's no way they can now prosecute him for lying to congress, is there?








    He lied under oath to a Congressional Committee. That is perjury. http://www1.law.umkc.edu/suni/CrimLaw/calendar/Class_4_Fed_perjury.htm
    Federal law is 5 years and a significant fine. If this committee is looking to send a message, I hope Raffy likes Fort Dix, while McGwire is just looking to help the future and not interested in the past.
    As for Giambi: Considering his past and his finding his swing after talking to McGwire, I consider him guilty of using steroids again until proven innocent.

    (edited by redsoxnation on 1.8.05 1615)


Yes, he may well have perjured himself before Congress. However, the fact that he was found to have used steroids in August doesn't prove that he had used steroids before March. Is it likely? Very. Is it enough to put him in jail? I sure hope not.

    Originally posted by TexasKelly
    All I'll say is, Giambi's looking better and better every day for being a man and telling the truth.


I'm sure that his sudden resurgence (14 HR in July!) is all due to hard work and determination. Obviously I don't know anything for sure, but let's just say that I'm skeptical.



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um, albert pujols comes to mind when you mention being clean and steroid free. i'm pretty surprised Raffy turned out positive. Also, why the hell are all these guys (Bonds, Raffy) saying that they didn't "intentionally" use steroids? God, that makes me sick.
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Well, while it's possible that this is the first time Palmeiro has used steroids and therefore he didn't perjure himself, first off he should have known better than to do it this time, considering he's under considerably more scrutiny than most other baseball players. They wouldn't have called him in to testify, otherwise.

And I imagine that this will probably lead to a more detailed investigation to discover if Palmeiro did, in fact, use steroids prior to his testimony. If they can prove that he did, that's perjury, and I sure as hell hope he goes to jail for it. He shouldn't be able to get off just because he's a professional athlete. I know that if I committed perjury, I'd be going to jail.

They might even be able to get him for contempt of Congress charges, too.



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I'd be much more inclined to believe that he had never used steroids and that someone "slipped" him the steroids via drink or "the cream" than that he'd never used them until after he went before Congress.

    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    They wouldn't have called him in to testify, otherwise.


He testified because Canseco named him in his book.



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Canseco was right about him the whole time. Palmeiro was borderline HOF to start, now they can just take McGriff instead. Palmeiro deserves the Martha Stewart treatment. Now that the Nats and O's turned to pumpkins, DC has nothing better to do than drag this out.

His original statment was, "I have never used steroids. Period." His revised statement goes like (I have never intentionally used steroids.) So if he was just blindly popping pills and getting jabbed by needles, his second statement could be truthful, but the first would still be a lie.

As for Giambi, hopefully he's just smart enough to take the kind of steroids they can't detect.
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GUys cant keep clinging to the "I never intentionally took any steroids" defense. It was weak before and its weaker now. this steroids investigation has been going on for over two years now. More than ever they should be aware of what they are putting in their bodies. Im not going to believe anymore, if I ever did, that some millionaire ball player is still ingesting or using substances in 2005 without knowing exactly what is is and how it effects him. We cant keep playing stupid.



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    Originally posted by stlcardsfrk247
    um, albert pujols comes to mind when you mention being clean and steroid free. i'm pretty surprised Raffy turned out positive. Also, why the hell are all these guys (Bonds, Raffy) saying that they didn't "intentionally" use steroids? God, that makes me sick.

Take a look at any games from the 70s and earlier. See the body sizes of the "Big Sluggers" of years gone by. Notice the injuries frequently suffered by a "natural" player like Pujols.

Tell me again that he's not juicing?? If you were surprised by Palmeiro, and his career changing numbers from the early 90s, you really don't get it.



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They've got another one.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2122665

Looks there's going to be a run. May they have mercy on your fantasy team.



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