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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Updated: March 25, 10:30 PM ET
Hagin won't be disciplined by team

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Wayne Hagin says he "screwed up" in an interview in which he appeared to imply that Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton used steroids.

Both Hagin and Cardinals president Mark Lamping issued statements of apology Tuesday to Helton and the Rockies. The Cardinals have said Hagin will not be disciplined.

"I screwed up," Hagin's statement read. "I meant to say something good about (former Rockies manager) Don Baylor and Todd Helton, but it did not come out that way.

"I do not believe that Todd Helton, who is a great athlete and a good person, used anabolic steroids. I do not believe that Don Baylor told me that Todd did."

In an interview Saturday with a St. Louis radio station, Hagin said, "I know (Helton) tried it because Don Baylor told me. He said to me, 'I told him to get off the juice, that he was a player who didn't need that, get off it."'

The comment was widely reported as a reference to steroids, but Hagin has insisted he was talking about supplements. Baylor later said he was referring to creatine, a legal over-the-counter supplement.

Still, Helton was furious and has said he considered legal action.

Hagin was the broadcaster for Rockies games for 10 years before coming to St. Louis prior to the 2003 season. He replaced the late Jack Buck on Cardinals radio broadcasts.

Though radio station KMOX is the flagship for Cardinals broadcasts, the announcers are employed by the team. Lamping, in his statement, said Hagin's comments meant to "illustrate Baylor's antipathy toward the use of performance enhancing drugs and supplements."

But Lamping said that while Hagin "legitimately confused the issues of legal supplements and illegal anabolic steroids, the implication that a great player had done something wrong was unavoidable."

Lamping apologized for Hagin's "ill-considered remarks."