Active Player Proved He Was Clean, Escaped Mitchell Report

Provided evidence he'd disposed of drugs
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 5:10 PM CST
Baseball fans, from left, Kyle Hanlon. Jordan Burns and Kevin Howes watch a news coverage of the Mitchell Report at the sports shop at Dodger Stadium, Thursday Dec. 13, 2007 in Los Angeles. The report...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An unnamed player who was found to have purchased anabolic steroids managed to keep his name out of George Mitchell's scathing 400-page report on drug abuse in baseball, the New York Times reports after interviewing the former senator. Contacted by Mitchell's investigative team, the player and his lawyer provided evidence that, though he'd purchased the drugs, he never used them.

The player provided "substantial and corroborated evidence" he got rid of the drugs he'd purchased from former Mets employee Kirk Radomski, Mitchell said today. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman has urged MLB to implement a drug-testing program even stricter than one recommended by Mitchell's; under Waxman's plan, players' blood and urine samples would be held for human growth hormone testing.