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12-04-2004, 07:53 PM
McCain Wants MLB to Tighten Drug Policy

1 hour, 1 minute ago Politics - U. S. Congress

By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) is demanding immediate action by representatives of major league baseball's players and owners to tighten the sport's drug-testing policy "to restore the integrity of baseball."

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Expressing dismay over recurring reports of steroid abuse by some of the game's top stars, the Arizona senator repeated a threat he made before the last season to legislate a stricter rules if the sport fails to police itself.

The long-simmering steroid allegations hit the headlines this week with reports of grand jury testimony in San Francisco that linked to steroid abuse such stars as the game's all-time single-season home run champion, Barry Bonds, and New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi.

In an interview televised Friday night on ABC's "20/20," the head of a nutritional supplements lab implicated in the story added the names of top track and football stars to those he said had used illegal substances. Victor Conte, head of Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, said he didn't know whether Bonds, who plays for the San Francisco Giants, had used steroids.

"I am dismayed though not surprised" by the reports, McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said Friday in a statement. "Still, Major League Baseball and its players insist on turning a blind eye to the misconduct that threatens to undermine the legitimacy of their sport."

He demanded quick action by Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, and the players' union head, Don Fehr, to solve the problem.

"To restore the integrity of baseball, Commissioner Selig and Don Fehr must meet immediately not merely by spring training as the commissioner has promised and agree to implement a drug-testing policy that is at least as stringent as the one observed by the minor league program," McCain said.

McCain told The Washington Post in an interview that "I'll give them until January, and then I'll introduce legislation."

McCain, who attended the Army-Navy football game Saturday with President Bush (news - web sites), refused to talk to reporters there.

It is unclear how much support such a proposal would have in Congress the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (news - web sites), Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., complained last year that McCain's idea would rewrite baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

Selig said he is committed to ridding baseball of performance-enhancing substances and is demanding that the players' association to adopt a stronger testing policy modeled after the minor leagues' more stringent program.

"The use of these substances continues to raise issues regarding the game's integrity and raises serious concerns about the health and well-being of our players," Selig said.

The union declined comment during the week but has said it is willing to discuss the drug policy with management. The current policy was adopted in September 2002 and runs until December 2006.

12-04-2004, 08:10 PM
MLB would be smart to solve this problem with some drastic measures rather than get the federal government involved. I hope this might light a fire under Selig's ass, as opposed to trying something in the minors for a couple of years and seeing what happens before implementing it in the big leagues.

12-04-2004, 10:52 PM
I do not think the federal goverment needs to get involved they have more important stuff to worry about

McCain needs to stfu

12-05-2004, 05:06 PM
I do not think the federal goverment needs to get involved they have more important stuff to worry about

McCain needs to stfu

Congress does have the right to intervene, why should McCain stfu?

12-05-2004, 06:47 PM

they need to secure america and other things they need to stay out of sports

mccaain can stfu

12-05-2004, 10:34 PM

they need to secure america and other things they need to stay out of sports

mccaain can stfu

That's your argument? :angel

T Park
12-05-2004, 10:59 PM

McCain has free speech, so you stfu.

Hes right.

Problem is the too powerfull union wont let it happen.

The Union wants the destruction of baseball.

FIrst hockey, then baseball, and if basketball doesnt straighten up, its next too.

12-06-2004, 01:56 AM
McCain doesn't have to really do anything. All he has to do is threaten baseball's anti-trust exemption, and they'll jump through any hoops for him. Good move, McCain.