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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kirk Radomski’s claims that agents Seth and Sam Levinson paid for PEDs for players re-examined after

Melky Cabrera scandal.

Radomski, who is required to cooperate with government investigators under the terms of his probation from a 2007 plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco in which he pleaded guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering, has recently repeated the same account to federal agents, according to two sources.

Juan Carlos Nunez, described by the Levinsons as a “paid consultant” of their ACES Sports Management agency, told the Daily News last week that he was behind the bizarre scheme to create a phony website and non-existent steroid cream that would help prove that Cabrera didn’t know he was ingesting testosterone. The MLBPA had filed a grievance based on the “evidence” and was preparing to take the case to arbitration in an attempt to overturn the ban when MLB busted the scheme. Nunez told The News that he acted alone and that the Levinsons had nothing to do with the website scheme, but federal agents, led by FDA criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, as well as MLB and the MLBPA, are looking into whether Nunez was part of a conspiracy.

The Levinsons did not respond to a request for comment for this story, but Seth Levinson told the Daily News last week that neither he nor his brother had knowledge or dealings with anyone associated with the website. An MLB source also told The News last week that the MLBPA had not been presented with any evidence “at this time that the Levinsons had any connection to the website.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM (#4218508)
I'm sort of suprised that MLB was able to swiftly and completely uncover this hoax. It seems so...efficient.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4218510)
Yeah. Radomski told Mitchell that he was (essentially) selling steroids to agents from 2005 to 2007. The complete lack of follow-up to that is much more in keeping with MLB's typical ruthless efficiency in such matters.
   3. Bob Tufts Posted: August 26, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4218583)
But consider the source - on the stand and in his book - from an ESPN piece during the Clemens trial:

Federal agents failed to find the torn label when they searched Radomski's house in 2005. Radomski said he discovered it about three years later, under his bedroom television set along with some other shipping labels and autographed photos of Clemens and Clemens' former teammate, Andy Pettitte.

"I have no idea how they got there," said Radomski, theorizing they most likely slid under the TV at some point.

Attanasio wasn't buying it. He read aloud a passage from "Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report" -- a first-person book about selling steroids to professional baseball players. The book helped pay off Radomski's debts. Concerning the label with Clemens' address, the book states: "I'd obviously hidden it there when I began to worry that the government was going to come after me and had then forgotten about it."

Asked on Wednesday if he had hidden the label, Radomski insisted: "I didn't hide nothing." He went on indicate that some things in the book are exaggerated or overdramatized because he was told he needed nuggets that "would sound good." He said the book was dictated to a writer in a series of interviews, not under oath as he was in the courtroom. He added that he also didn't like the book's cover, which depicts a bottle of pills inside a baseball glove.


I would wager part of the reason that MLB is more efficient is that Kevin Hallinan is gone and Bill Bordley took his position as security chief. (Bias alert towards my former roomie and teammate!)


   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM (#4218869)
Radomski insisted: "I didn't hide nothing."

technically, he is telling the truth there
   5. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM (#4218910)
You gotta parse the language pretty closely on anyone who is giving a deposition. Amiright President Clinton?

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