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Schilling will not name the person who advised him to take PEDs

Feb 7, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

Someone on Twitter asked Curt Schilling if he was going to identify the Red Sox employee who he claims advised him to take PEDs in 2008. His response:

 

Outing the person publicly probably would not. It would probably just create a firestorm. But then again, Schilling had no compunction about telling the story at all, so (a) he obviously thinks it’s significant; and (b) it’s thus understandable that people might want him to name some names.

Personally I agree that doing this publicly makes little sense. If a team employee is counseling players to take PEDs, the league should investigate. And Schilling, if he believes what he has said in the past about the importance of eradicating PEDs from the game, should cooperate.

I’ve placed a call to MLB to get comment about Schilling’s comments and to ask whether the league plans to look into this any further.  I have not yet heard back but I will update if and when I do.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Let’s speculate, because, well, it’s fun and completely irresponsible.

    BILL JAMES!

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Don Orsillo.

      • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        John Henry!

      • andrewproughcfe - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Schilling said they weren’t “in uniform” – so it was probably Lester, Beckett and Lackey while they ate chicken, drank beer and played video games in their underwear.

    • abaird2012 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Nah … didn’t he say that the culprit was no longer employed by the RS? I think Bill James is still under contract. How about Josh Beckett?

      • geoknows - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        He said “no one in uniform.”

      • sabatimus - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        I guess “no one in uniform” would rule out Francona…unless Schilling was told this in a business meeting, which means NOBODY would be in the team’s uniform–just a bunch of suits.

    • yodougmurphy - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Does this count as “in uniform”? http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1004/mlb.mascots/images/boston-red-sox-wally-the-green-monster.jpg

    • chacochicken - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Ned Isakoff

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      This just in from Pedro Gomez: “Former ESPN employee and current Cleveland manager Terry Francona has never denied that he advised Curt Schilling to take PED’s. Must be guilty.”

    • pmcenroe - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Ted Williams’ frozen head!

      Too soon?

      • heyblueyoustink - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        No, he’s been a Tedsicle for long enough at this point.

    • johnchesterny - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      George Mitchell.

  2. cur68 - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I’ve placed a call to MLB to get comment about Schilling’s comments and to ask whether the league plans to look into this any further. I have not yet heard back but I will update if and when I do.

    You “placed a call”? To Selig & Co? Well, there’s your problem. I’ll just summarize your point on paper and mail it to Bud for you, eh? That’s the only way to get a response.

  3. vilelabyrinth - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    why are PEDs such a big deal in any sport? they will always be used/abused..why does it matter to the fans? not your body, it’s just a game anyway.

    • geoknows - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Uh, because they are illegal. By your logic, it’s OK for players to drink, drive, and maybe kill somebody, all because “it will always happen, we should just ignore it.”

      • rjostewart - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        To be fair, fans and writers do seem to judge steroid users (alleged and otherwise) far more harshly than those who are arrested for DUI.

      • paperlions - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Plus, “because they are illegal” in and of itself is a horrible reason. There are plenty of things that are illegal to do that are safer/less harmful than many other things that are legal. Whether something is legal or not has more to do with who is making the rules than potential societal harm.

      • geoknows - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Sorry, paperlions, I disagree. The fact that it is illegal trumps the “safer/less harmful”-than- many-things-that-are-legal-card. Just because something illegal (eg, marijuana) is safer than something that is legal (eg, name whatever you think is more harmful than marijuana) doesn’t justify breaking the law. Not in my mind, anyway.

    • schlom - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Don’t bring levelheadedness into this controversy!

    • andrewproughcfe - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Here come the Boston apologists. I guess SpyGate was no problem as well?

  4. stabonerichard - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Important question: do the people who insist on leaving the ‘s’ off RBI do the same with performance enhancing drugs?

    “Melky Cabrera batted .353 with 44 RBI in a breakout 1st half in 2012, only to have his season derailed when his use of PED was exposed.”

    • lardin - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Run”s” batted in. RBI is plural.

      • stabonerichard - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Sure, just like performance enhancing drugs.

        Should MLB continue its effort to rid the game of all PED?

  5. natslady - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    You placed a call? You tryin’ ta do actual journalism here, Craig????

  6. hgfrombc2 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Just another retired d-bag who can’t function without seeing his name in print occasionally.
    “outing the person would not do anything for anyone” – then why bring it up?
    Just STFU already.

  7. sabatimus - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Schilling is a proven liar who won’t even back up his information with evidence. Just shut UP. Oh wait, he can’t: he needs the money the press will give him because of his lies and idiocy surrounding Rhode Island and 38 Studios.

  8. sabatimus - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I quote Anthrax: “Stupid, dumb, idiot, moron.”

  9. narfmoo12 - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    He played on the 1993 Phillies, 2001 Dbacks (Gonzalez popping 50 homers), 2004 Red Sox (with Manny and Ortiz), and 2007 Red Sox … We know he saw/used/benefited from steroids, so just go away already.

  10. steelerdynasty2010 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    shameless attention whore. go away Curt. you’re a self-righteous blowhard and we would LOVE to stop hearing from you. Dont you have some bankruptcy filings to review?
    if you werent going to name names, why bring it up? did you really think no one would ask for a name? Did you not know that refusing to give a name would only perpetuate the controversy that YOU BROUGHT UP, thus keeping you in the news?…..not an attention ploy curt? really? when you find someone to buy that, send him my way, i have some beachfront property in Wyoming i’m looking to sell.

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