08 June 2006

DPD: I Am Shocked, Shocked to Find That Jason Grimsley Used Steroids!

No, really.

Easily the biggest sports story of 7 June 2006 was the revelation that journeyman relief pitcher Jason Grimsley's house was raided by federal investigators. The Feds spent six hours searching his Scottsdale, AZ residence for anything and everything they could find related to Grimsley's alleged use and/or distribution of performance enhancing drugs, including but not limited to Human Growth Hormone (HGH), anabolic steroids, and amphetamines.

In a signed affidavit describing the probable causes that justified the search warrant, the investigating federal officer, IRS-Criminal Investigator Special Agent Jeff Novitzky, detailed his interactions with Grimsley on April 19, 2006. He indicated that the Feds had knowledge in advance that Grimsley would be receiving a package in the mail that day with two HGH "kits" and they arrived at his home, confronted him with what they already new, and seized the package. Grimsley freely agreed to cooperate and spent two hours being interviewed by Novitzky and probably other agents regarding his use of and knowledge of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in major league baseball. During the two hours, Grimsley named several current and former major league players who used sugh substances, though as of yet, these names are not known. The affidavit is available in any number of places on the internet, but the names are blacked out, so we'll all just have to wait for the inevitable information leak that will let us know what we're all dying to find out.

Much of that, of course, you already know, unless you've been under a rock for the last 24 hours. But it seems to me that there are several, interesting if underreported aspects of this story. These are, in the order that they occur to me:

Read the rest at Double Play Depth...

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