Brendan Donnelly told the Boston Herald over the weekend that he should not have been named in the Mitchell Report:
In 2004, I was having multiple health issues and was concerned about not getting on the field fast enough. I made a phone call to (Kirk) Radomski about a substance called Anavar. Once I learned Anavar was classified as a steroid I realized that was not an option. That was the end of it. Yes, I called him. But I did not purchase or receive anything from him and have never taken Deca or Anavar. I fully support the current drug testing program put in place by Major League Baseball and agree with their efforts to widen the testing.
It’s not really a denial of all steroid usage per se, but it is interesting in that it confirms one postion of Mitchell’s report (that Donnelly called Radomski to ask about Anavar) while denying another (that Donnelly took Deca-Durabolin). I wonder if someone should tell these players that saying you support the testing program doesn’t really mean anything.
On a related note, while I’ve been generally supportive of the report and its findings (whuile recognizing the flaws it obviously contains), Tim Marchman’s piece in the New York Sun is a convincing argument against putting much stock in the report. Worth the read.