Miguel Tejada faced the press yesterday and took the coward's way out. Crying and stumbling over his words, Tejada confessed his sorrow for not telling Congressional investigators that he knew of another player that took steroids. Tejada and his posse, including his attorney Mark Tuohey, refused to accept questions from the press, and both put a spin on what happened to Tejada earlier that doesn't quite match with the facts of what actually happened.
The facts are this. Yesterday, before a U.S. District Court judge, Miguel Tejada admitted that he deliberately and willfully lied to Congressional investigators, and he admitted that he purchased HGH from a teammate. And just as believable as Bill Clinton's tried-but-didn't-inhale excuse, Tejada claimed that he spent over $6,000 dollars on HGH, but threw the HGH away after receiving it. And because Miguel Tejada is a coward, the press didn't get a chance to ask Tejada about this little claim.
I'm sure that in the days to come we'll be hearing that this issue should be put behind us. That Tejada apologized, that he showed contrition, that he was a real man facing up to his mistakes, and that he should be left alone to play baseball. But unlike Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi who have been faced with this same situation, and who have faced the media and answered question upon question about their misdeeds, Miguel Tejada and his posse refused to do this.
I'm sure that in the days and weeks to come we're going to hear about how Miguel Tejada is a real standup guy because he refused to rat out a teammate. And that he's a great guy because he admitted to lying to Congress. We're going to be expected to forget that he willingly lied to Congressional investigators. We're also going to be expected to forget that Miguel Tejada purchased HGH.
There are writers out there who want to know why they should believe Alex Rodriguez. After all, they say, he has a history of lying about his steroid use, so why should they believe he is telling the truth now? Especially since he wasn't contrite and didn't break down and cry in his interview.
So why should we believe Miguel Tejada?
Tejada has a history of lies. He's lied about his age. He's got a different name on his birth certificate. He lied to Congressional investigators. He says he brought the HGH but didn't use it, so we're supposed to believe this? If we're not supposed to believe Alex Rodriguez, then why should we believe Miguel Tejada?
He might have apologized for lying about his dealings with that unknown player, but he offered up no apologies for purchasing HGH. So someone, tell me, why should we believe and forgive a man with a history of lying? Is it because he cried? Or because he was a coward and refused to face the media? Or because his teammates like him?
I'll believe Alex Rodriguez before I'll believe Miguel Tejada. Rodriguez confessed without a fear of a criminal sentence hanging over his head. Tejada confessed while facing the threat of deportation. And people might not believe that A-Rod just took steroids from 2001-2003, but I don't believe that Miguel Tejada spent over $6,000 on HGH then threw it away without using it.
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So I'm calling on Drayton McLane to do the right thing. Dump Tejada's ass, and dump it now. Brian McTaggart at the Chron nails this whole thing perfectly: "He has already been proven to be a liar from when he was forced to come clean about his real age last year after lying about it for more than a decade....you can't even say that Tejada is productive on the field anymore....Perhaps they should just release him and eat the money instead of being associated with someone like Tejada."
Drayton McLane talks the good talk about wanting good citizens and role models on his team. And when Julio Lugo was accused of his hitting his wife, the team dumped him the next day, before Lugo got his day in court - where he was acquitted. But Drayton thought he was the wrong kind of guy to have on the team so he dumped Lugo. Well, Drayton, you've got a convicted liar on your team. One who has admitted to deliberately impeding a Congressional investigation, and who has lied about his age and his name, and who has admitted to purchasing HGH.
If Julio Lugo was the wrong kind of guy for the Astros, then there's just no way Miguel Tejada can be the right kind of guy for this team.
So do the right thing, Drayton. Take the financial hit for the good of the team's image. Dump Tejada's ass, and dump it now. If someone else wants to take on his baggage, then let them, but the Astros should rid themselves of him as quickly as possible.