As news of Chuck Knoblauch’s disappearance in the face of a subpoena rolls around the Internet, let’s turn our steroid-minded attention to another story. This one involves everyone’s favorite class act Jose Canseco. It’s a shocker.
According to a report in Thursday’s Times, Jose Canseco is willing to omit names from his next book in exchange for cash. Classy. Michael S. Schmidt and Duff Wilson (great name) have more:
José Canseco, the former major league slugger and admitted steroid user who exposed other players in his 2005 best-selling book “Juiced,” offered to keep a Detroit Tigers outfielder “clear” in his next book if the player invested money in a film project Canseco was promoting, according to a person in baseball with knowledge of the situation.
Four people in baseball confirmed that referrals were made from Major League Baseball to the F.B.I. regarding Canseco’s actions relating to the six-time All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordóñez, who was not mentioned in Canseco’s earlier book or in any other report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. All four insisted on anonymity because they said they did not have authority to speak about the events.
The FBI, Schmidt and Wilson say, did not investigate because Ordóñez didn’t want any part of it. “I didn’t want to press charges against him,” Ordóñez said. “I don’t want any problems. He is probably desperate for money. I don’t understand why he is trying to put people down.”
Scott Boras also filed a complaint after Canseco reported spoke to a Boras associated and demanded $5 million for a movie project.
For his part, Canseco says this report isn’t true, but do you really believe him? I don’t.
Right now, all best are off with Canseco. Not only is this, if true, very despicable behavior, but it throws into doubt anything he has written or will write no matter what any other report says. Rumors have been circulating for months, fueled on by Canseco and WasWatching’s attention to them, that A-Rod will be in Canseco’s next book.
But who cares? It’s not reliable. It’s a disgusting attempt to drum up more money. Lest we forget, Canseco isn’t quality. He’s been accused of domestic violence on multiple occasions and had his fair share of other legal problems. This is just one more nail in the coffin, and as far as I’m concerned, if Canseco is asking for bribe money, he should be investigated, and we shouldn’t listen to him again.