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Sammy Sosa's drug test
Add the legendary Chicago Cubs slugger to the list of baseball stars tainted by signs of performance-enhancing drugs.
 

Sammy Sosa's "legacy is officially shot," said Jon Greenberg in ESPN. Of course, nobody should be shocked to learn that the erstwhile homerun king of the Chicago Cubs tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. The lawyers who leaked the news only confirmed something that Sosa's "balloon biceps" had long made obvious—but watching Sosa go down must be making some other cheaters very nervous.

It's becoming annoying, this "drip-like" leaking of names from the list of 104 professional baseball players who failed those tests, said Tom Verduccin in Sports Illustrated. "We can wish it stop, wish lawyers didn't leak, wish it were not so messy. But this discovery is not nearly as messy as what baseball players did to the game and their profession for more than a decade."

"Sammy the dope fiend" is the story everyone wants to cover right now, said Ben Schwartz in Can't Stop the Bleeding, a sports blog. But the real outrage is the "illegal search and seizure" imposed on players with this testing, "followed by the release of confidential medical records used to destroy private citizens' careers and reputations," and all because some government "hater" thinks it's the right thing to do.

 

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