But Delgado and Reyes are together again — this time in Nassau County Supreme Court. Sports memorabilia dealer Spencer Lader and other defendants in the case want Reyes, now with the Blue Jays, to tell them under oath what he knows about Delgado’s relationship with Anthony Galea, the controversial Toronto sports medicine doctor — and human growth hormone proponent — who pleaded guilty in July 2011 to transporting misbranded and unapproved drugs into the United States.
“I’m not saying Delgado used steroids, but I do have a right to know if he did,” Lader says. “We thought his name had commercial value, but everybody knows players linked to steroids have no commercial value.
“I want to be the first person in memorabilia to keep these people accountable,” adds Lader, whose Authentic Memorabilia made headlines in 2007 when it marketed Darryl Strawberry- and Jason Giambi-autographed baseballs that said “Everybody deserves a second chance.”
...Lader’s attorney Robert McKay subpoenaed Reyes last year to question him about Galea, the Canadian physician who agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to a year of supervised release in December 2011.
“Did he have acne on his back? Did they talk to each other about Galea or steroids? We have a right to ask those questions,” Lader says.
...Delgado never did reach the 500 home run club. He hit 473 home runs in a career that ended with a whimper. Delgado played in just 26 games for the Mets in 2009 before his season ended that May with hip surgery. Hip problems are a long-term side effect of performance-enhancing drug use, Lader notes.
“We thought he would be a 500 home run player but his body broke down,” Lader says. “If he used performance-enhancing drugs it was a misrepresentation and we have a right to know.”
Posted: January 27, 2013 at 07:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
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