Thursday, June 21, 2007
Updated: June 22, 10:42 AM ET
AP requests to make names in steroids case public
NEW YORK -- The Associated Press asked a federal judge to
make public the names of baseball players a government agent said
were implicated in drug use by former major league pitcher Jason
In an application filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in
Phoenix, the AP said a sworn statement signed in May 2006 to obtain
a search warrant for Grimsley's home in Arizona should be released
in its entirety based on legal precedent and public interest.
When the affidavit, signed by IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky,
was made public in June 2006, names of the players Novitzky said
Grimsley accused of using performance-enhancing drugs were blacked
"Any privacy interests of individuals named in the affidavit
are insufficient to overcome the public's right to access," the AP
said in its court filing.
The AP also said that if prosecutors provided the complete
affidavit to baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell, "then
they should not be allowed to invoke the privacy interests of third
parties as a shield to prevent disclosure to others."
David Segui told ESPN in June 2006 that he was one of the
blacked-out names, and the Los Angeles Times reported in October
that Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada were also
named, along with Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons.
Players in the Times report denied using steroids, and Randy
Hendricks, the agent for Clemens and Pettitte, said he was told
Grimsley denied making the statements attributed to him by
Novitzky. Grimsley has not commented publicly and a federal
prosecutor said the report contained "significant inaccuracies."
Natalya LaBauve, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in
San Francisco, and Wyn Hornbuckle, spokesman for the U.S.
Attorney's Office in Phoenix, declined comment.
The investigation of Grimsley is being run by prosecutors and
authorities in San Francisco, where five Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative defendants pleaded guilty to distributing or
developing steroids, some of which were undetectable in drug tests.
Earlier this month, Hearst Corp. asked a federal judge in New
York to make public a December 2005 sworn statement by Novitzky
used to obtain a search warrant for the home of former New York
Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski. The government said 36
current and former players were supplied drugs by Radomski but the
names of the players were blacked out when the search warrant was
unsealed this April.
Hearst said that if the names had been provided to Mitchell,
they must be made public. Its motion is pending.