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August 27th, 2009
08:47 AM ET

Drugs in the Dugout: Feds vs. MLB

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.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr.

    All these younger now days atheletes dont have the mentality to upstage the older pros records so they have to cheat there way to being over paid drug addicts instead of champions .

    August 27, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  2. Dan

    What, are these pro atheletes afraid that if their name is revealed that their repupation may be tarnished or they may end up not making as many "millions" as they want?
    Why don't they get a real job, and if they get caught using illegal drugs, whether it be steroids or street drugs they get fired.
    They need to wake up to the real world and stop living in their "fairy tale" mentality. PATHETIC.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  3. Toye Smith

    Absolutely. These guys make millions of dollars playing their skills to the fans. Certainly the fans have a right to know if they’re buying tainted merchandize. This makes them answerable to the fans. Inevitably when allegations of impropriety begin to surface about a player, then that player’s trial begins and ends in the court of public opinion; which rightfully shapes your fate in the criminal justice system.

    There’s been some talk lately about prosecutors being especially harsh, or even vindictive on popular figures. I think this is good so long as it’s done within the confines of the law. The alternative is something that we dare not even imagine.

    In a nutshell, if any of these players feel like their firth amendment right is being violated, well I say, “get a regular job”….

    August 27, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  4. Chris

    Shame on MLB for hiding behind the law! We, the American sports fans, want justice. These people have helped kill the American game of baseball and now they all want to deny it's even happenned. Kinda like the Germans want to forget WWII. Throw the bums out, erase their names from the record books, and let's begin anew.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  5. David

    Hey, if they used performance-enhancing drugs, then MLB should have ALREADY made their names public!! MLB is just trying to protect their business while letting these players go unpunished for using these drugs! Depending on the drugs, they could be protecting criminal activity! These players careers were "damaged" when they choose to use these drugs, not because the list was made public! Whatever happened to take responsibility for your actions?!?

    August 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  6. Ines

    Nothing like violating the constitutional right of a person.
    I am still wondering what Congress has to do with all this anyway.
    It should be up to the sports industry to investigate their own.
    How would anyone else feel to have a sample taken, urine or blood without cause?
    Even at your regular job, because someone else has broken the law.
    Yes, you may say sure I didn't do anything wrong take it, then to find out there was another screw up and all those samples are now being used to down size the company on grounds you may have had a few poppy seed buns to many or other items that are now all of a sudden considered illegal?
    Either way we have laws to protect the innocent.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Carol Smith

    NO he has no business talking to the kids as what they can do to help him. Staying in school is one thing, what they can do to help him is politics– He has said it before, he judge himself by the people around him- well we all have seen who he is around, and how he defended that errigant Professor – gee a professor action like that- and a president defending him- everything he does is for the blacks- even appointing a judge that will not be nurtal- People are tired of him spending our hard money, take from the rich give to the poor- maybe the poor should start working– how long do we have to keep supporting people that will not work, just keep collecting gov paychecks.– NO he is not worthy of speeking to our kids-

    September 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  8. Jannise Mora

    The Feds have gone too far in their quest to monitor all public lifestyles, whether it be a professional athlete, political leader, or entertainment figure. It brings to mind the proverb, 'Let he without sin cast the first stone." If all citizens were forced to revel how they achieved their level of success in their chosen field today, most would fail to meet the laws and standards set forth by our government. Many of these laws are dated and mote. Man has evolved and with this evolution comes changes in how things were once done. To take advantage of new technology in all fields is not cheating. It is just advancing ourselves to meet the current standards demanded by society.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  9. allan

    is'nt it funny how upset white america seems to be about a black president addressing kids about education but had no problem with president regan selling cocain to black america to finance iran contra and turning a whole generation of black men and woman into felons for selling and using them while whites got little or no felonies for doing the same thing because they said powder was not as bad as cooked coke even though ti was proven that the goverment targeted inner cities with oliver north to distribute it in the black areas across the country and then made only crack cocaine a felony to use and possess and filled our prisons with black men and woman while whites got little or no records or jail time for there use of the same drug

    September 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  10. Andrew Bauman

    As it was during the campain, conservatives are once again reverting to fear tactics to scare Americans away from common sense decisions. After all–big business and the conservative agenda had nothing to do with our curresnt problems in America? Please. Look out for the American people of all ages–not just big business, pharma, etc. Socialism? It's Democracy!

    September 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm |