In April 2004, federal agents seized urine samples and a list of 104 major leaguers who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the previous year. The material, seized as part of the BALCO investigation into Barry Bonds and others, was supposed to remain secret and was sealed by the courts. But big names, on the list, such as Alex Rodriquez and David Ortiz, were leaked. Careers were damaged.
In a victory for the players’ union this week, a federal appeals court ruled agents were wrong to seize the information, and ordered the list destroyed. The panel said the feds violated the players’ protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Do you agree? Should the names remain secret, as the law required? Or do fans deserve to know? Share your thoughts.