No Way Jose

A change of tune? Jose now says steroid use is bad bad bad, and he wants to help keep kids away from the juice. Also, he wants immunity.

Meanwhile, Sosa parses words: “I’ve never tested positive, and I am clean.”

CORRECTION: We missed Sammy’s denial: “I have never taken illegal performance enhancing drugs.” No parsing from Sammy; his denial was complete. Our apologies to Mr. Sosa.

5 comments… add one
  • Awwww, too bad. It was more fun when he was parsing …

    Sam March 17, 2005, 3:46 pm
  • I never like this guy, even when he was trying to be Yankee. He is a dirty rat bastard and should be sleeping with the fishes. They should put Barry and Mr.McGwire in the same room as Jose close the door and Mark could tell,”Barry kill this stinkin cock-a-roach”. Is Jose from Buston

    El Duque March 17, 2005, 7:07 pm
  • He parsed.
    Here’s how I described it on my blog:
    I don’t know how I missed this yesterday, but Sammy “I No Speaka Da English” Sosa gave a very lawyerly answer to the question, ‘Did he do steroids?’. Tom Boswell in the Washington Post heard what I didn’t: an answer with a loophole big enough to drive a hypodermic needle through.
    Boswell: And what of Sosa? He spoke in a soft voice. He brought an interpreter and a lawyer who read his statement for him despite the fact that those of us who know him from the baseball beat realize that he is perfectly fluent in English. That Sosa statement was a 99.9 percent total denial of any use of steroids. However, cynics may parse his words in search of legal loopholes.
    “To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I’ve not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic,” Sosa’s statement read. “I have been tested as recently as 2004 and I am clean.”
    It is an awful world we live in. Within minutes of the statement’s dissemination a veteran baseball writer said, “So, I guess that doesn’t quite cover taking steroids orally if they were prescribed legally by a Dominican doctor.”
    I was so busy laughing at Sosa’s assertion that he didn’t use steroids that I missed the essence of his statement: He didn’t deny it completely. Of course he didn’t. He’s one of the players whose steroid use made him resemble Mr. Potato Head.
    Roger Maris and Henry Aaron are the home run kings, and these guys are the Juice Kings.

    What'sYourPoint? March 19, 2005, 2:42 pm
  • Thanks for the clarification. We stand corrected. Unfortunately, you need a password to access the complete transcripts to the hearings. We’d really like to see those public.

    YF March 19, 2005, 3:28 pm
  • For the record, here is a bit more of Sammy’s statement. And let’s note that he’s going on record as to never having broken any laws, here or in the D.R.
    Everything I have heard about steroids and human growth hormones is that they are very bad for you, even lethal. I would never put anyything dangerous like that in my body. Nor would I encourage other people to use illegal performance enhancing drugs.
    To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I have not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic. I have been tested as recently as 2004 and I am clean.

    YF March 19, 2005, 3:41 pm

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