Sosa Tested Positive in '03

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 7:04 PM CDT
Sammy Sosa, in 2003.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
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(Newser) – Bad news for Sammy Sosa's Hall of Fame hopes: The Cubs slugger is among the players who tested positive for doping in 2003, the New York Times reports. The retired Sosa, sixth on the all-time homer list, has long been suspected of taking steroids but has never admitted it. The new development, courtesy of unnamed lawyers familiar with the 2003 results, is the first time he's been linked to a positive test.

These are the same test results that forced A-Rod to admit earlier this year that he had juiced, too. The tests, the first such conducted by the league, were supposed to remain anonymous, but names continue to trickle out. The revelation could raise legal trouble for Sosa, notes the Times, because he testified to Congress in 2005 that he never took "illegal performance-enhancing drugs."