Changing his story

Here’s what Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts had to say back in 2006, after his name was leaked as part of the Jason Grimsley affidavit: “His accusations are ridiculous. We’ve had steroid testing, and I’ve taken all the tests. There is no point in getting into verbal wars. That’s really all there is to say.”

Here’s what Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts had to say yesterday after his name was listed in the Mitchell Report: “”I would like to address the allegations that were made against me in the Mitchell Report. I will begin by saying that I have worked very hard to develop a good reputation both on and off the field. I have always taken pride in being a man of integrity and values. I know that by being a professional athlete, I am held to a very high standard. I never have and never will take that for granted. However, I am also human and I have made mistakes.

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“In 2003, when I took one shot of steroids, I immediately realized that this was not what I stood for or anything that I wanted to continue doing. I never used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drugs prior to or since that single incident. I can honestly say before God, myself, my family and all of my fans that steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs have never had any effect on what I have worked so hard to accomplish in the game of baseball. I am very sorry and I deeply regret ever making that terrible decision. My only hope and prayer is that the Orioles, my family, friends and fans that have supported me so faithfully will forgive me.”

This, of course, is now the guilty baseball player’s excuse for using steroids or HGH; I only used them once. Who knew that after all the lawyers and denials that his best line of defense lay in channeling Danny Vermin and Bill Clinton?

The Baltimore Sun’s Rick Maese remembers similar denials from a pair of Roberts’ teammates, also named in the Grimsley affidavit:

“I’ll get checked out for anybody, anytime, any moment – whenever they want,” Miguel Tejada, the recently traded shortstop, said at the time.

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“I am not going to dignify these claims and accusations with any further response,” said the recently suspended Jay Gibbons.

Both, of course, joined Roberts, whose father coaches in the Cape Cod League, in the Mitchell Report.

In related news, Deadspin had the following T-shirt sent into them by a Boston fan. Serves as a Mitchell Report prequel of sorts.

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