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Friday, December 21, 2007

Jason Grimsley Affidavit Unsealed, No Clemens, Pettitte, Roberts, Gibbons

The Jason Grimsley affidavit was unsealed in an Arizona court December 20.

In October 2006 the Los Angeles Times listed what they believed to be 5 of the redacted names in Jeff Novitzky’s Search Warrant for Jason Grimsley’s Arizona home. The article claimed that Grimsley had stated that Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte used “athletic performance-enhancing drugs” and that Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons all “took anabolic steroids.”

It turns out that nearly all of that was inaccurate. According to the Associated Press, instead Grimsley said Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa were accused of using steroids. Grimsley also accused former New York Yankee teammate Chuck Knoblauch of using human growth hormone. It was David Segui and Allen Watson who were accused of using “athletic performance-enhancing drugs” and not Clemens and Pettitte.

The affidavit also reportedly mentions Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada and Pete Incaviglia with references to using or talking about amphetamines.

Somewhat ironically, every player erroneously (or accurately) linked to the affidavit in the 2006 Times article was named in the Mitchell Report. 5 of the 7 players Grimsley actually implicated with regard to steroids or hGH were also included in the report. Only Berroa and Watson were excluded.

Roger Clemens’ new lawyer, Rusty Hardin, quickly issued a statement.

"When this grossly inaccurate story broke in October 2006, Roger said it was untrue and the Los Angeles Times chose not to believe him. As the record now clearly proves, Roger was telling the truth then, just as he continues to tell the truth today. Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer."

WARNING

The following video seems to contain at least one significant inaccuracy. ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez says Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee “is also mentioned as somebody who had boatloads, and I quote ‘boatloads’ of players who he was supplying drugs to.” The affidavit actually says that the trainer (now known to be McNamee) referred Grimsley to a source (presumed to be Radomski) for performance-enhancing drugs and that “boatloads” of players used that same source (Radomski).



 
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