Reserving Judgment

This story is no fun at all.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel, baseball’s feel-good story of the season, received a 12-month supply of human growth hormone in 2004 from a Florida pharmacy that was part of a national illegal prescription drug-distribution operation, the Daily News has learned.

But there’s a key bit of info buried in the tenth paragraph:

Ankiel, 28, has not been accused by authorities of wrongdoing, and according to the Signature records obtained by The News, he stopped receiving HGH just before Major League Baseball officially banned it in 2005.

So, we don’t know that he violated any baseball rules.  Now, I was eager to make excuses nine years ago for McGwire and Sosa, so maybe my instincts don’t mean much. But it seems a bit too soon to jump all over Ankiel here.

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One Response to “Reserving Judgment”

  1. Sunday Morning Boston Globe-blogging « The Elvisberg Report Says:

    […] in sports news, Bob Ryan offers insight on the Rick Ankiel story, on which I offered a weak, mealy-mouthed “maybe-it’s-not-so-bad” view the other day.  After suggesting Ankiel call a […]

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