A star-studded roster of players — including Canadian reliever Eric Gagné and former Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens — were linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in the long-awaited Mitchell report released Thursday.
All-time home-run king Barry Bonds, already under indictment on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroids, also showed up, as did Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada and Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield, among many others.
The report culminated a 20-month investigation by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, hired by baseball commissioner Bud Selig to examine the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.
Updated: Roger Clemens is apparently suing his trainer for defamation [CBC, Roger Clemens sues ex-trainer for defamation: report]:
It will be interesting to see how the others who were named react.
"All of McNamee's accusations are false and defamatory per se," the lawsuit said, according to the Chronicle. "They injured [Roger] Clemens's reputation and exposed him to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury. McNamee made the allegations with actual malice, knowing they were false."
It makes being a baseball fan exceedingly difficult.