Former All-Star first baseman Wally Joyner took steroids he received from former teammate Ken Caminiti, according to a detailed report about the spread of the drug throughout baseball by ESPN The Magazine.
In a 16-page report titled “Who Knew?”, the magazine chronicles the spread of steroids throughout baseball and reports how executives, players, trainers and the media turned a blind eye to allow it. The report will appear in the November 21 issue.
The report uncovered numerous damaging facts, among them Joyner admitting he asked Caminiti to help him get steroids during the 1998 season while they were with the San Diego Padres.
Caminiti, who admitted to using steroids in 2002, honored the request. Joyner ingested pills for some time before throwing them away after regretting what he did.
Caminiti, who struggled with substance abuse for most of his adult life, died of a drug overdose in 2004.
Also revealed was that Major League Baseball attempted to outlaw steroid use in 1991 and again in 1997. These dates clash with previous information provided by MLB, acknowledging that it knew steroids were a serious problem well before it has recently stated in Congressional hearings.
Conte, who pleaded guilty to distributing steroids to athletes in July, was sentenced to four months in federal prison and four months of house arrest in October.
Last week, Commissioner Bud Selig indicated he would be in favor of an anti-drug policy for all sports legislated by the government if one cannot be implemented through collective bargaining.
Written and reported on by numerous ESPN employees, the report was compiled from the interviews of more than 150 subjects and the examination of hundreds of pages of documents.
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