Grimsley denies ID of steroid users

Pitcher's lawyer says 5 in drug affidavit not linked to steroid use

October 04, 2006|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,Sun Reporter

The attorney for former Orioles reliever Jason Grimsley told The Arizona Republic that Grimsley did not attribute steroid use to Orioles Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts or Jay Gibbons in an interview with federal investigators in April.

"As to all five players [including the Houston Astros' Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte] named, Jason did not attribute steroid use to any of them," the attorney, Ed Novak, said in yesterday's edition of the Republic.

"There was no mention of Roberts or Gibbons at all," Novak said. "The agents didn't even mention Roberts or Gibbons."

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that Grimsley identified all three Orioles as users of performance-enhancing drugs.

The affidavit that investigators wrote based on Grimsley's interview has circulated since June, but the names within were blacked out. A source allowed a Times reporter to see an unedited version of the document, and that was the basis for Sunday's report naming the three Orioles, former Oriole David Segui and Astros pitchers Clemens and Pettitte.

But Novak disputed that report.

He said investigators brought up Pettitte's and Clemens' names and Grimsley strongly rejected the idea that either would use performance enhancers.

He noted investigators wrote the warrant to search Grimsley's house almost two months after they interviewed him. They did not have a recorded transcript of the interview to work from, he said.

The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco has also disputed the accuracy of the Times story.

Johns Hopkins physician Charles Silberstein, who works with the Orioles, issued a statement yesterday defending the club.

"The Orioles have condemned anabolic steroids and have been firm and consistent in that policy," he said. "Any suggestion to the contrary would be unfounded. Our medical program for the team is beyond reproach and innuendoes to the contrary are unfair to the organization and its players. Indeed, I am proud of the instruction and guidance we provide."

Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.

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