02 Aug 2005
Deion Sanders has been suspended for using steroids by Major League Baseball retroactive to his days with the Yankees and Braves (post-Jheri curl, pre-Tim McCarver incident). OK, not really. But when asked about Rafael Palmeiro's recent troubles, Sanders did admit that right before he came out of retirement last summer, "he received medical treatment for an ankle he hurt while playing basketball. When he took his Ravens' physical, steroids were detected in his system."
According to Sanders, he was subsequently tested on a weekly basis. The Ravens said he never failed a drug test, but was given frequent screenings because he skipped a random drug test shortly before he retired from the Redskins in 2000.
Either way, if Sanders is to be believed (and more importantly, if "received treatment" means something other than "calling Canseco for a refill"), doesn't this raise some concerns about the accuracy of these tests?
11 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2005, 2:28am by marc
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