Pitcher Attacked Me Over 'Roids Remarks: Fan
Says Romero 'grabbed me by the neck and threw me back'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2009 7:03 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher J.C. Romero reacts in a baseball game Saturday, June 13, 2009, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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(Newser) – A Florida baseball fan says Philadelphia Phillies pitcher JC Romero attacked him over a few wisecracks about steroids, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Robert Eaton, 25, said he was soliciting Phillies players for autographs when he asked Romero for "some juice"—slang for steroids. Romero, recently suspended for 50 games for using a banned substance, told him to "shut the fuck up," Eaton said.

When Eaton reminded Romero of his suspension, the reliever "reared back and kinda grazed my chin and grabbed me by the neck and threw me back," the father of two said. "I was in shock." Asked later about the incident, Romero said, "What'd he say—that he was drunk and got into a fight? ... I'm not going to comment about it." Phillies officials confirmed an incident, but refused to name the player involved.