There’s a fantastic story on the front of today’s Baltimore Sun about a wheelchair-bound 13 year old with no last name who might become head coach of the Ravens. Since I have a few questions about how this story was assembled, we’ll instead turn our attention to a former Charm City resident and a pending distraction for Astros spring training. From the Sun’s Jeff Barker :
A House committee asked the Justice Department today to launch an investigation into whether former Orioles star Miguel Tejada lied to the panel in 2005 about performance-enhancing drugs.
Tejada told the committee’s staff then “that he never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and that he had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids,” Henry Waxman, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said during a hearing today.
But the recently released Mitchell Report on steroid use raises serious doubts about Tejada’s statements, which came during a committee investigation of Rafael Palmiero, who was then Tejada’s teammate with the Orioles.
Tejada’s inclusion in the Mitchell Report came after former Oakland Athletics teammate Adam Piatt told investigators he sold testosterone to the shortstop in 2003, Tejada’s last season in Oakland.
In 2005, Tejada said in an interview with congressional committee staff that the only supplement he takes is vitamin B-12.