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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jose Canseco denies allegations

By Todd Wills
ESPNDallas.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco denied allegations on Thursday that he recently sexually assaulted a woman in Las Vegas, a story he broke himself by posting about it on Twitter a day earlier.

Canseco, speaking to the media before an eight-game appearance as a player/coach for the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League, paused for a moment, then said, "I'll comment on that."

"I think you guys have to realize one thing -- I don't have to rape a woman," Canseco said. "I think it's ridiculous. We're putting together polygraph examinations and trust in me, the truth will always come out. And when I do these polygraphs, it's almost laughable for an individual to say I raped them and drugged them at the same time.

"People who know me know I'm completely opposite. You guys don't know me at all but my close friends, my ex-wives, my ex-girlfriends will testify on my behalf that the way the media's portrayed me, and the way they're trying to portray me here it's not even close to being me."

No arrest was made and police told the Associated Press that no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old Canseco, who tweeted on Wednesday that police had been at his home.

"Let's wait for the truth," said Canseco, who added that he had no regrets about posting information about the alleged sexual assault on Twitter.

"Absolutely not," Canseco said. "I think you guys are entitled to the truth. Those fans are entitled to the truth. The police are entitled to the truth. Why hide the truth? If you have nothing to hide, why hide from it. Why hide from it? If you were telling the truth, wouldn't you polygraph on it? If you were lying, you would not polygraph."

Canseco, who hit 462 home runs during 16 years in the majors, said again Thursday that he has been banished from the game after his 2005 book "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big" came out detailing his steroid abuse and that other players in the majors.

Canseco takes credit for cleaning up the game, and did so again Thursday night, when asked about his so-called banishment from baseball and about not being able to talk to former teammates like his Oakland "Bash Brother" counterpart Mark McGwire and the Rangers' Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro.

"Sad," Canseco said. "Sad because I'm just an outsider to them even though I thought I did a lot for the game, I cleaned it up completely, and guys it's real simple -- back then before I wrote that book, all they had to say to me was, 'Jose, help us clean up the game.' I could've cleaned up the game in three months by myself because I'm the one who basically educated everybody and became successful in using steroids in the point in time. I would've gone to every club and said, 'Guys, it's over. Stop it right now.'"

Canseco said he doesn't know anyone associated with the South Florida clinic suspected by MLB investigators of being a source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than 30 players, including Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera.

"Biogenesis?" Canseco said. "No, I've never really heard of them at all. I've never dealt with them. Really found out about them when they came out in the media and the actual news."

Canseco batted third and played designated hitter for the Cats on Thursday night. He joked that he might play some third base. With the wind blowing out, he said it was doubtful any of the players -- the Cats were playing the Edinburg Roadrunners -- would hit a home run. Canseco whiffed in his first at-bat but then hit a single his next time up.

Canseco's twin brother, Ozzie, also a former major league player and the manager of Edinburg, said everyone can have their opinion about his brother's stunt of returning to play baseball for eight days.

"They can look at it as a circus," Ozzie Canseco said. "Just come on out and watch the circus and have a good time. It's entertainment. It's all entertainment. That's really what it is. You can call it baseball, you can call it a circus, whatever you like. Come on out and be entertained."

Jose Canseco, who reiterated again that he regrets taking steroids, said he currently is in excellent physical shape, despite four major back surgeries, plus elbow and hand surgery. He said he sleeps and he eats right, and he appeared Thursday to be in excellent shape.

"One thing I don't touch is drugs and liquor," Canseco said. "I don't do that. I don't mess around with any of that, I respect my physicality in my body. I wouldn't do anything to hurt myself. I'm into a lot of anti-aging things, whether they be diets, supplements, anything."

Canseco regularly watches baseball and spoke about his undying passing for the game. He said he enjoys watching players such as 2012 American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who hit three home runs against the Rangers on Sunday, and Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

"I was watching (Cabrera) hit the other day when he had the three home runs and again the next day when he hit another one," Canseco said. "To me, I watch his technique, he's one of the most technical hitters I've ever seen because he's very wristy and he drives the ball where it's pitched. You really can't pitch to him. It's very difficult to pitch him. You're better off pitching around him."

Canseco said he could have played 10 more years in baseball had he not been blackballed after the 2001 season when he was 37.

He went to an open tryout in 2004 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he said he ran the second-fastest time, but former Dodgers manager and senior vice president at the time said Tommy Lasorda said Canseco wasn't in shape.

Canseco would like to come back and play one more full season. After these eight games with the Fort Worth Cats, he will take a trip to Curacao to talk to kids about steroids and nutrition.

"I'd like to get in shape, have spring training and have one full season," Canseco said. "It's hard in independent baseball. They call you one day and ask you if you can do it."