Funny how timing works--if the false claims in the LA Times' front page story had come out only a few days earlier, they would have weakened the so-called Mitchell Report. Mitchell happily creates a link between the (fake) LA Times story and the court of public opinion as another reason for Andy Pettitte to lose his career.
Fascinating--the LA Times had continually requested the affadavit revealing the truth to be unsealed, but "spokespersons" declined to elaborate on the hold-up, waiting until after Mitchell had triumphantly left the stage. Judge Voss, presiding over the unsealing, himself adamantly refused to let the truth come out until AFTER George Mitchell took the stage. Disingenuous of him to sputter about it now, later in this post.
- (By the way, once again Paul Byrd's name is miraculously out of the limelight. How nice for him).
LA Times:"Former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley accused baseball players Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa of using steroids, according to a federal affidavit that was unsealed Thursday, 18 months after the document was first released with players' names blacked out.
The unsealed affidavit contradicts a story The Times published Oct. 1, 2006. Citing anonymous sources, including a Grimsley confidant and an individual "with authorized access to [the] unredacted affidavit,"
- Grimsley, a reliever who last pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, also named Chuck Knoblauch as a human growth hormone user, and accused former teammates David Segui and Allen Watson of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The Times' story said Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts, Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada and Segui and strength coach Brian McNamee were named in the document. In fact, Clemens, Pettitte, Gibbons and Roberts were not named. Also, The Times' report said Grimsley alleged that Tejada used anabolic steroids. The only mention of Tejada in the affidavit was a conversation he had with teammates about baseball's ban on amphetamines."
LA Times correction article: "The day after the story ran, Kevin Ryan, then the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, said it contained "significant inaccuracies."
- NAME OR NAMES OF THE PERSON WHO REPORTED THIS FALSEHOOD AND HIS BOSS WHO APPROVED IT. NEED THOSE. (sm)
LATimes: "The Times made repeated attempts, including earlier this week, to have the government clarify what the inaccuracies were, but spokespersons for the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco declined to elaborate."
- (It appears the inmates are running the asylum). sm
From the LA Times "Baseball Affadavit is UnSealed," by Lance Pugmire, 12/21/07
- ON GEORGE MITCHELL'S USE of the FALSE STORY TO BACK UP HIS CLAIMS:
- P.S. I understand you want everything in life to be "random"--murders, slanders, libel, robbery, plagiarism, bombings, and everything in baseball. In other words, we should all go home and die and let you have the world. That requires one to be a brain-dead robot, an employee of ESPN/MLB or aspiring to be such.