Monday, August 01, 2005

Steroids truths

By now you have heard that Rafael Palmeiro has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 10 days after testing positive for steroid use.

If you listen to Barry Bonds and now Rafael Palmeiro, there seems to be one truth about steroids: You can be taking them and not know it.

On a conference call this morning, Palmeiro told reporters that he never intentionally took steroids and was not sure how the illegal drugs got into his body. He suggested that the drugs may have been in a supplement that was not prescribed.

Stop it. Stop the untruths. Not another word. Please, just accept the responsibility.

But then again, as longtime baseball columnist Claire Smith points out, if you did that you could be held in contempt of Congress for lying in your testimony last March.

At the House Committee on Government Reform hearing on March 17, Palmeiro pointed his finger at the committee and said, "Let me start by telling you this, I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it anymore clearly than that. Never."

Never say never, Rafael.

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