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Report: Canseco asked Ordonez for money to be left out of book
2008-01-23 20:39
by Bob Timmermann

The New York Times is running a story by Michael S. Schmidt and Duff Wilson that reports that Jose Canseco asked Magglio Ordonez for financial help with a film project in exchange for not being named in Canseco's upcoming sequel to his first book, Juiced.

Four people in baseball confirmed that referrals were made from Major League Baseball to the F.B.I. regarding Canseco’s actions relating to the six-time All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordóñez, who was not mentioned in Canseco’s earlier book or in any other report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. All four insisted on anonymity because they said they did not have authority to speak about the events.

The F.B.I. did not open a formal investigation because Ordóñez said he did not want to pursue the complaint.

Canseco denied that he — or any associate of his — ever asked Ordóñez for money to keep his name out of a book titled “Vindicated.”

“Absolutely not,” Canseco said in a telephone interview Wednesday. He also said he had not been told about being the subject of F.B.I. referrals.

2008-01-24 05:01:57
1.   rbj
I could see Canseco doing this, especially with his past. The interesting thing is that Ordonez didn't want to pursue it, which, given the times we live in, makes me think there's some substance to Jose including Magglio's name.
2008-01-24 07:21:31
2.   Andrew Shimmin
Sounds like a hook for Law and Order! Which is good, since their previous juicing baseball player storyline was lame. Too bad this didn't come out years ago, before the series died.
2008-01-24 09:32:19
3.   rbj
2 Fred Thompson's looking for work these days. . .
2008-01-24 10:14:38
4.   JL25and3
The two least surprising parts of this story:

1. Magglio being named as a possible user. (Remember the trip to Austria for surgery and the secrecy around his medical records?)

2. Jose Canseco is an even bigger asshole than we thought.

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