Turns out the LA Times was so eager to name lots of famous baseball players as steroid users that they did not bother on getting any validated evidence or in fact any evidence seen with their own eyes. They’ve just had to retract, big-time:
In granting a government motion to unseal the document, U.S. District Court Judge Edward C. Voss in Phoenix referenced The Times’ story from last year and said he was "compelled to point out what appears to be an example of abusive reporting.
“The [Times] article trumpets the success . . . in ending the ‘months of speculation’ surrounding which major league ballplayers Jason Grimsley named. . . . A review . . . proves that The Times never saw the unredacted affidavit. . . . At best, the article is an example of irresponsible reporting. At worst, the ‘facts’ reported were simply manufactured.”
The unsealed affidavit contradicts a story The Times published Oct. 1, 2006. Citing anonymous sources, including a Grimsley confidant and an individual “with authorized access to [the] unredacted affidavit,” The Times’ story said Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts, Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada and Segui and strength coach Brian McNamee were named in the document.
In fact, Clemens, Pettitte, Gibbons and Roberts were not named. Also, The Times’ report said Grimsley alleged that Tejada used anabolic steroids. The only mention of Tejada in the affidavit was a conversation he had with teammates about baseball’s ban on amphetamines.
After the document was unsealed Thursday and the actual names revealed, Times spokesman Stephan Pechdimaldji said, “We regret our report was inaccurate and will run a correction.”
Steroid affidavit unsealed