A former employee of the New York Mets clubhouse pleaded guilty to charges of selling a variety of performance-enhancing drugs over a 10-year period to more than a dozen Major League Baseball players. As an equipment manager and clubhouse assistant for the Mets from 1985-95, 37-year-old Kirk Radomski pleaded guilty to felony charges of distributing drugs such as anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, to dozens of Major League Baseball players over a 10-year period beginning in 1995. Charges against Radomski also include money laundering, which with drug charges could carry a $500,000 fine and up to 25 years in prison. Radomski agreed to provide information to the committee led by former senator George Mitchell that is investigating drug use in the MLB as part of the plea deal accepted at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. According to the warrant calling for Radomski’s arrest, he became a major source of drugs for baseball players after federal investigators shut down Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative in Burlingame, a company which has been found guilty of illegally supply athletes with performance enhancing drugs. The same federal investigators who obtained guilty pleas from Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, among others, are currently handling the case. Radomski admitted that after he left the Mets, he operated his drug distribution network out of his New York home using his baseball connections. So far, no MLB players have been identified in the court filings in connection with the case, although names and paragraphs of text from the federal search warrant were redacted to conceal the identities of any involved parties until further investigation.
The Washington Post and New York Times articles covered the exact same materials but took slightly different angles. The Post focused on the ex-Mets batboy, Radomski’s history with the MLB. The Post’s reporter also listed many of the details of the investigation, like who is conducting it and where they’ve been getting their information. The New York Times writer chose to focus his story on past players involved in Steroid scandals. The Times mentions a few key MLB players who’ve come under fire for being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, most notably Barry Bonds.
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