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Steroid Scandal Set to Destroy Reputations and Careers

Steroid Scandal Set to Destroy Reputations and Careers

March 15, 2007 – Albany, New York – Almost two years since Major League Baseball players were first called to testify in Congress on the use of steroids, the potential fall-out from a recent alleged Florida steroid distribution ring could be the biggest scandal to hit baseball since the White Sox threw the 1919 World Series according to attorney Thomas J. Carr. Carr, an attorney with the Albany law firm Tully Rinckey & Associates and a former Assistant District Attorney (ADA), represents one of the Florida defendants that will be arraigned in Albany County Court on Thursday March 15, 2007. Carr is adamant that his client is innocent of any charges but if the case goes to trial, he will demand that witness lists and sealed reports be turned over for his client’s defense. Numerous prominent sports and celebrity figures have already been implicated in the multi-state investigation. If called to testify at trial, their reputations and careers will be at stake and likely destroyed in the aftermath. Almost two years since Major League Baseball players were first called to testify in Congress on the use of steroids, the potential fall-out from a recent alleged Florida steroid distribution ring could be the biggest scandal to hit baseball since the White Sox threw the 1919 World Series according to attorney Thomas J. Carr. Carr, an attorney with the Albany law firm Tully Rinckey & Associates and a former Assistant District Attorney (ADA), represents one of the Florida defendants that will be arraigned in Albany County Court on Thursday March 15, 2007. Carr is adamant that his client is innocent of any charges but if the case goes to trial, he will demand that witness lists and sealed reports be turned over for his client’s defense. Numerous prominent sports and celebrity figures have already been implicated in the multi-state investigation. If called to testify at trial, their reputations and careers will be at stake and likely destroyed in the aftermath.

According to Carr, the issue goes beyond which professional baseball players were using steroids. Some players have testified that they did not use steroids. If, as a result of this case, there is evidence that those players did, in fact, use steroids, they could face perjury and/or obstruction of justice charges. The cover-up, or perjurious comments could ultimately lead to more serious consequences than the steroid use itself. In addition to potential jail sentences, Carr asks how is all this going to affect baseball statistics. “If certain players are named as being steroid users, will their records be forever marked with an asterisk and a footnote?” Additionally, the ripple effect of steroid use in the major leagues is far-reaching. Carr points out that if major leaguers are using steroids, they are raising the performance bar, making it more difficult for minor leaguers. In turn this may cause minor leaguers to turn to performance enhancing substances to give them a shot at the major leagues.

Carr states, “Until this prosecution became public, there was more concern about tobacco use than steroid use in this country. Fans want winners. As Vince Lombardi said, ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’.”

 

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