Jose Canseco is one class act

Mike Ashmore's Thunder Thoughts
Not quite the Wright choice

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.

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Not quite the Wright choice
  • Adrian-Retire21

    I heard that a editor or some author was gonna work with Canseco in the book that’s coming up.But decided to leave because his A-Rod Proff had no meat on the bone.Canseco is hard to believe because half of what he says is total BS.A-Rod 600 homeruns this year:)

    • dan

      Yea it was a former sports illustrated editor. I think RAB might have written something on the subject. The guy said the book “didn’t have any meat on the bones,” or something like that.

  • E-ROC

    Unfortunately, public opinion will find whoever is mentioned in Canseco’s next book guilty, until they prove themselves innocent. That is the state we’re in at the moment. I don’t believe a word Canseco says, but all it takes is one person. And you know the media is going to run with it.

  • Bo

    One thing I can care less about in baseball and sports. Juice. I just dont care.

    Where was the outrage last weekend in football when the two best defensive players on the field were proven juiceheads? They failed tests. Merriman and Harrison. Not one word was said.

    Imagine if this was the ALCS and two proven, all star players on opposite teams failed drug tests.

    Clemens has never failed a test and hes getting raked over the coals right now because a desperate man about to go to jail started naming names.

    The hypocrisy is hilarious to me.

  • Geno

    Were we still listening to him?

  • Glen L

    umm .. i’m fairly certain that’s called extortion

  • Mike P

    Just to point out, the report says Canseco demanded investment in a 5 million dollar movie. Not 5 million dollars for a movie. Sorry for nitpicking.

  • Curramba

    If he is trying to bribe anyone he should be held accountable for it but I for one will not say right away that I don’t believe this guy. He may be money hungry and screwed up in other ways but for all his faults his first book has proven to be true for the most part. I won’t be surprised who he mentions in his next book and he’ll probably turn out to be right.

  • nick blasioli

    all i want to say is canseco is an idiot…i wish someone would punch him in the nose…just cant stand a loser like him….

  • http://www.overheardinnewyork.com NC Saint

    ‘demanding bribe money’ is a pretty gentle way of putting it. The term for what Conseco is doing is ‘blackmail’.

  • http://www.overheardinnewyork.com NC Saint

    ‘demanding bribe money’ is a pretty gentle way of putting it. The term for what Canseco is doing is ‘blackmail’.

  • The Good Doctor

    No doubt, Canseco is among the lowest of the low. There is every reason not to believe a word he says. And I’d like to think that the public would dismiss his claims as untrustworthy. But what is troubling, however, is that much of what he wrote in the first book has turned out to be true. So even with the other strikes against him, it’s hard to dismiss any additional accusations he makes out of hand. And that is frightening. Now a man with such limited moral fiber and even less intellect is in a position of power that he neither deserves nor can be counted on to exercise judiciously.