“Doctors ought to quit worrying about what ballplayers are taking. What players take doesn’t matter. It’s nobody else’s business. The doctors should spend their time looking for cures for cancer. It takes more than muscles to hit homers. If all those guys were using stuff, how come they’re not all hitting homers?” Comments from Barry Bonds in 2002 regarding his alleged use of steroids.
According to USA Today’s Jon Saraceno, Hank Aaron doesn’t want to talk about it, at least not for public consumption. Neither does Frank Robinson, another Hall of Famer whose opinion matters.
“Not going there,” Robby told us the other day.
Baseball fans, however, aren’t nearly as reluctant to discuss how they feel about Barry Bonds’ assault on the record books, given the latest allegations that he was a pill-gulping, syringe-sticking, steroidal cream-smearing doper who was jealous of the accolades given in 1998 after Mark McGwire smashed 70 home runs and Sammy Sosa 66.
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“Michael couldn’t survive one day in prison – he would commit suicide.” Comments from Jermaine Jackson regarding his younger brother, Michael Jackson.
Jermaine Jackson feared his kid brother Michael might be guilty of child molestation, but backed him at trial because he thought the pop star would commit suicide in prison, according to a bombshell book proposal obtained by the New York Daily News.
In a tell-all outline shopped to publishers just weeks after Michael’s arrest in November 2003, Jermaine described the Pop King as a sometimes out-of-control drug and booze abuser with a calculating mean streak and “a thing for young children.”
The eight-page proposal for “Legacy: Surviving the Best and the Worst,” lists Michael Jackson’s preferred substances as Vicodin, Demerol, codeine, Percocet, cocaine, Jack Daniels and wine.
“Does he really know what he does with these kids?” Jermaine wondered.
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“For the last 11 years, it has been my privilege to be associated with RadioShack. At this time the board and I have agreed that it is in the best interest of the company for new leadership to step forward so that our turnaround plan has the best possible chance to succeed, as I know it will.”
Comments from RadioShack’s embattled former president and CEO, David Edmondson, regarding lies on his resume which brought him down.
Maybe you’re a few credits shy of what you needed to graduate. Maybe you carried the duties of a supervisor without the title or the pay.
It may be tempting to dress things up on your resume, say you got the degree, or held a certain title, but look at what happened to the CEO of RadioShack.
An investigation by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram discovered Dave Edmondson didn’t hold degrees in theology and psychology, despite what his resume and corporate biography said. This month, Edmondson resigned as CEO amid an internal investigation of his credentials.
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“We knew there were always wheat and dairy derivatives in there, but they were not the protein component,” she said. “Technically, there are no allergens in there. What this is an example of is science evolving.” Comments from Cathy Kapica, McDonald’s director of global nutrition, regarding McDonald’s french fry crisis.
Would you like a lawsuit with those fries?
At least three people in the U.S. have filed lawsuits against McDonald’s because the fast food giant’s french fries contain milk and wheat ingredients, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The lawyer for an Illinois woman with celiac disease says his client’s condition is set off by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat.
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“I’ve felt like the last three days I’ve defended myself over something that absolutely, unequivocally, I was not involved with.” Wayne Gretzky, reiterating that he never bet with the gambling ring allegedly financed by friend and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet. Gretzky’s wife, Janet, allegedly made many bets in the gambling ring.
According to AP, Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky will subject himself this afternoon to another round of questions from reporters about an alleged illegal gambling ring that police say was financed by his assistant coach, Rick Tocchet. The gambling ring had a connection with organized crime in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. Gretzky, considered hockey’s greatest player, is in his first season coaching the Coyotes and is a part-owner of the team.
“First of all, my wife is my best friend,” Gretzky said in a recent interview. “My love for her is deeper than anything. The reality is, I’m not involved, I wasn’t involved and I’m not going to be involved. Am I concerned for both of them? Sure there’s concern from me. I’m more worried about them than me. … I’m trying to figure it all out.”
Gretzky, also the executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team, is expected to join the team in Toronto this morning. But rather than lay low in an airport hotel, the Great One plans to attend the team’s practice, making himself available to the media for the third time since the Tocchet story broke last Tuesday.
His decision was made amid reports over the weekend that he was visited at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, before the start of the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 by two New Jersey police officers and a local law enforcement official to discuss the alleged involvement of his wife, Janet, in the alleged betting ring.
Gretzky was speechless when police informed him of the allegation, the reports say, and he told them that he had no knowledge of the alleged gambling operation in a conversation last Monday. Later that day, it is believed, he telephoned Tocchet to see whether there was any way his wife could avoid being implicated. Sources have said the Gretzky-Tocchet conversation was recorded during a New Jersey state police wiretap, the day after Gretzky’s wife allegedly won money betting on the Super Bowl, sources said.
“Published reports that Gretzky had spoken to Rick Tocchet about his concern for his wife prior to police appearing at Gretzky’s house last Monday are completely ludicrous,” said Gretzky’s attorney, Ron Fujikawa. “It’s absolutely balderdash.”
The wife of hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky said she never placed bets for her husband, while her spokesman said she may have to testify about a $1.7 million sports-gambling ring with alleged ties to organized crime.
The NHL is also taking the allegations very seriously. “We understand that Mr. Tocchet’s conduct in no way involved betting on hockey,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “And, while betting on football or other sports may be the pervasive issue, it in no way justifies poor judgment or otherwise alleged inappropriate conduct.”
Gretzky’s wife, actress and dancer Janet Jones, said in a statement that “at no time did I ever place a wager” on behalf of Gretzky, the National Hockey League’s all-time scoring leader and now coach and part- owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. “Other than the occasional horse race, my husband does not bet on any sports,” Jones said in the statement, released by Evan Jenness, her Santa Monica, California-based attorney.
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