Another doping case!

February 11, 2009

Doping

UPDATE: “US baseball star Miguel Tejada has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the use of performance enhancing drugs by other professional players…. Mr Tejada is due to be sentenced in March, just before the new season starts. As well as a maximum term of one year in jail, he could be fined up to $1,000 (£700). However, under sentencing guidelines he could receive a lighter sentence or probation.

US President Barack Obama expressed his disappointment earlier this week, saying: “I think it’s depressing news on top of what’s been a flurry of depressing items when it comes to Major League Baseball. If you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree. It’s unfortunate, because I think there are a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.””

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7884446.stm

 

“Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada arrived at court Wednesday to answer charges of lying to Congress, the latest athlete to face criminal prosecutors over the scourge of performance-enhancing drugs in pro sports. Tejada faces as much as a year in jail if convicted on the misdemeanor charge of making misrepresentations to Congress. Under federal guidelines, he would probably receive a lighter sentence. The charge came in a legal document called a “criminal information,” which can be filed only with the defendant’s consent and typically signals an agreement to plead guilty.

 In the court papers, Tejada is charged with lying to investigators for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2005. Congressional staffers did not place Tejada under oath when they questioned him, but court documents say the investigators advised him “of the importance of providing truthful answers.”

Tejada “unlawfully withheld pertinent information from the committee because defendant Tejada, before and during his interview with the committee staff, then and there well knew that player #1, one of his teammates on the Oakland Athletics, had used steroids and HGH,” the papers state. During the interview, Tejada denied knowledge of an ex-teammate’s use of performance-enhancing drugs, though officials say Tejada bought what he believed to be human growth hormone from the player. The court papers, filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham, charge that during spring training in 2003, Tejada had purchased a substance believed to be HGH from the player, giving him payments of $3,100 and $3,200.

In the Mitchell report, which examined steroid use in baseball, Oakland outfielder Adam Piatt is cited saying he discussed steroid use with Tejada and provided Tejada with testosterone and human growth hormone.”

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3896877&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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