I hate to write something that could be confused with excusing PED use, but I've been appalled at the leaking of names off the anonymous testing list from the 2003 season. The federal warrant served on Quest diagnostics and another testing company authorized the seizing of information, including samples, of 10 players connected to the BALCO investigation. The feds seized a list of 104 players who had tested positive in the anonymous testing program that the union and MLB had agreed to as a trigger for an enhanced PED testing program. Individuals connected either to the grand jury, the court, or DOJ then selectively leaked the names of a few of the ballplayers on the list in order to . . . what, titillate, embarrass, defame . . . whatever, it was likely in violation of the law and certainly unprofessional. Names were leaked despite several courts having ruled that the seizure was illegal and inadmissible in court.
Of course, someone will point out one of the names was David Ortiz, whose name was leaked to NYT just before he was to play in NYC. I also believe Sosa and A-Rod were leaked. All big fish. Just smeared by government because some overzealous person thought the names that were never supposed to be disclosed were never going to be disclosed. The government has finally decided not to appeal its case and will return the list.
Some of you might remember a famous quote by Ronald Reagan's secretary of labor, Ray Donovan. After he left office, he was indicted for larceny and fraud in a conspiracy with the NYC mob over a construction contract. He was acquitted of wrong doing, and, upon exiting the court, said, "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" So, which paper will salvage the names of the players whose anonymity was lost due to officers of the court unethically leaking illegally seized information?
By the way, I know my doctor uses Quest for my blood work, which has in the past given indications on a test of a condition that further testing established I did not have. I would certainly not have liked the government to go a little broader in its sweep of Quest and then, for some reason, use or disclose this information that gave a false indication of my health.