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08/10/2005 5:34 PM ET
MLB, MLBPA address media's steroid rumors

On behalf of the Health Policy Advisory Committee established pursuant to the Basic Agreement, Robert Manfred, Executive Vice President Major League Baseball, and Eugene Orza, Chief Operating Officer of the MLBPA, today issued the following statement:

"We are taking the unusual step of responding to media reports about certain 'rumors' concerning the operation of baseball's drug-testing program. All drug-testing results are reported directly to HPAC, and no one else in the sport has access to them. Positive test results are thereupon reported directly to the player involved. After the exhaustion of any available appeal, disciplines are announced publicly. Reports of large numbers of positive tests currently unreported are totally false. Reports of 'big name' players having the reporting of their test results delayed are totally false. All drug-testing results are processed in precisely the same manner, and without regard to the identity of any player or to the volume of positives at any given time. These media reports and rumors are totally, and completely inaccurate, and do not deserve further comment."