Former New York Mets employee pleads guilty
to selling anabolic steroids to pro-baseball players
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By Julia Cheever
April 28, 2007
A former employee of the New York Mets pleaded guilty in federal
court in San Francisco yesterday to selling anabolic steroids
to Major League Baseball players.
Kirk Radomski, 37, of New York, is the eighth person to be charged
and the sixth to be convicted in a sports drug investigation originally
centered around the Burlingame-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative,
Radomski, a former Mets batboy and clubhouse attendant who is
now a personal trainer, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge
Susan Illston to one count of distributing anabolic steroids and
one count of laundering money from his sales.
U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said that during the plea, Radomski
admitted to distributing steroids and other performance-enhancing
drugs, including human growth hormone and amphetamine, to "dozens
of current and former Major League Baseball players."
Schools said, "This investigation shows that distribution
of performance-enhancing drugs continues to be an issue for sport
"The distribution of anabolic steroids to professional athletes
cheats both the paying public and the clean athletes and is a
serious crime," Schools said.
Radomski will be sentenced by Illston on Sept. 7. The distribution
count carries a maximum five-year sentence and the money laundering
charge a maximum of 20 years, but the actual penalty will be determined
after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.
Schools said Radomski agreed to cooperate with the government's
ongoing probe and with the Major League Baseball steroid investigation
headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell.
The U.S. attorney said authorities were tipped off to Radomski's
activities by a confidential informant in 2005. A search of Radomski's
house on Dec. 14, 2005, turned up thousands of doses of anabolic
steroid pills and injections along with other drugs and shipping
and financial records, Schools said.
Schools said Radomski agreed to begin cooperating with the government's
investigation immediately after that search.
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