11:30 AM WDRB reports Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones, accused of stomping a homeless man in Portland, Oregon, will have his assault charges dismissed after he agreed to donate $10,000 to a charity for the homeless.
10:45 AM Yankees player Michael Pineda said about being ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox after pine tar was found on his neck: "I know I made a mistake. I feel so sad today. It was a really cold night and in the first inning I (didn't) have a really good grip on the ball."
As this whole A-Rod affair erupts, another Major League player has gotten himself in trouble over steroid use, and it could lead to a year-long stay in the slammer.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that Miguel Tejada has been charged with lying to congressional investigators over the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The current Astro and former Oriole & A’s player is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Washington at 11 a.m. tomorrow. And if convicted, Tejada could face a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail.
The Chicago White Sox fired three members of their scouting staff over some suspected foul play with the finances of freshly-signed players.
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports that scouting director David Wilder and scouts Victor Mateo & Domingo Toribiowere let go on Friday for “violations of club policy and standards“. The three were tossed amid an ongoing federal investigation into scouting & signing practices.
So, what exactly did the guys supposedly do that was so wrong?
Miguel Tejada finally told the truth on a troubling matter that could have dire ramifications across the MLB landscape - he’s actually two years older.
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that the Astros shortstop admitted on Thursday that he’s actually 33, not the 31 that’s listed in the team’s media guide. And his admission may have come about after an ESPN appearance.
Thanks to the SocialAction software tool, Adam Perer & Chris Wilson have come up with this steroids social network chart - explaining the connections between various players & trainers in the whole sordid anabolic affair.
Wonder how Roger Clemens could be caught up with Paul Lo Duca? Or how Chuck Knoblauch can be tangled with Miguel Tejada? It’s all here. Just roll over the names to see what these guys have been up to.
It’s hours of interactive fun! Or at least 10 minutes during your next coffee break.
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that Tejada’s citizenship status is in trouble if it’s determined he lied to federal agents about using steroids.
The new Houston Astro was questioned in 2005, after Rafael Palmeiro claimed he tested positive for steroids because Tejada gave him tainted B-12 vitamins. Miguel responded that he never took the stuff and didn’t know any other players who did. Read more…