Yankees’ faker hoaxes radio show

August hasn’t been a good month for sports radio programs
making PED accusations.

First there was Jack Clark, who was
fired from a St. Louis radio station after
reporting on air that Albert Pujols had been injected with PEDs by
a former Dodgers conditioning coach. Pujols went on to
threaten a lawsuit, as did
Clark and his also-fired co-host. So
basically, it’s a big ol’ mess.

Now, a radio station in New York has a mess of its own on its
hands after a prankster posing as a former Yankee implied on air
that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera had used PEDs.

Shane Spencer played in 345 games for the Yankees during their
late-90s heyday, hitting 43 home runs with the club and winning
three World Series titles from 1998 to 2002. On Monday, ESPN Radio
104.5 in Albany believed Spencer had called into the program
— and, boy, did they think they hit the jackpot when he
started talking steroids.

First, the would-be Spencer admitted to “dabbling”
in performance enhancing drugs during his career, which also took
him to Cleveland, Texas and back to New York (with the Mets) before
his final season in 2004. Then “Spencer” dropped a
bombshell, confirming that Roger Clemens used PEDs, but also
warning people to “be careful with the assumption” that Jeter and
Rivera — the two faces of the Yankees franchise over the last
couple decades — are clean.

The audio was taken off the 104.5 site, but Deadspin salvaged
the clip, and you can hear the Jeter and Rivera accusations around
the 10-minute mark below:

The problem, of course, is that the “Shane Spencer”
you hear above isn’t actually Spencer, who is the hitting
coach for the independent league Somerset Patriots. And after he
heard about his controversial radio appearance, he
called the station to clear his name.

“It’s unfortunate, you know, it’s embarrassing,” the
real Spencer said. “It really is embarrassing. Not only am I very
upset that my name is out there because I am here working in New
Jersey. I do a lot of stuff at Yankee Stadium, I work with kids,
I’m a good role model and to see how this might affect me is
very disappointing and I’m going to make sure that I clear my
name out.”

I know everyone is on a witch hunt to out PED users, but the
last couple weeks have shown us that some stories really are too
good to be true. There are almost certainly other ballplayers using
steroids who haven’t been — and may never be —
caught, and I don’t think it would surprise anyone if
prominent players are among the unknown users.

But steroid accusations are a serious, potentially
career-destroying business — so when dealing with such
claims, it’s probably best to not always believe everything
you hear.

Now, for some links:

• The undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins will
visit the White House on Aug. 20.

• Al Harrington says winning
wasn’t on the agenda in Orlando last
season.

• James Harden shows off his singing pipes in a new Foot
Locker commercial:

• What in the world is going on in this USF football promo
video?:

• Boston Sports Club
gave A-Rod the business with an ad on the
front page of the Boston Globe.

• Pau Gasol will
shave his beard after “losing” a bet with his
brother, Marc.

• Yo… yo… check this guy out:

• Anti-gay Russian laws won’t stop Johnny Weir from
competing at the Olympics in Sochi:

• The Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson learned a lot
living with girls at the University of
Tennessee.

• The Detroit Tigers provided a
phenomenal fan experience to a grieving
family.

• So, how was your dunk game in 7th grade?:

• Adidas
unveiled Dwight Howard’s newest
signature shoe:

• Chris Nilan
denied giving Whitey Bulger his 1986 Stanley
Cup ring.

• Read
this great breakdown of the Eagles’ new
“stacked” formations.


Via Crossing Broad, Charlie Manuel did
something weird with his dentures a couple nights ago in
Atlanta:

• A Southern Miss long snapper
with the long snap to end all long snaps:

• The Miami Marlins are
offering fans $1 tickets to next Tuesday’s
game against the Dodgers.

• Dan Uggla is on the DL after
having Lasik surgery that the Braves wanted him
to have in the spring.

• Northwestern had a watermelon eating contest at training
camp:


• The Belgian national soccer team watched a movie:

• Speaking with Howard Stern, Jason Dufner confirmed what
we already knew and
said he grabbed his wife’s behind after he won
the PGA Championship.

• J.J. Watt would also
like to play some offense.

• LeBron posed with Giant Sand LeBron in Oregon:

• Something seems to have gotten
lost in translation when the Arizona State
basketball team instructed a Chinese hotel on what their meeting
room door should say:

• Yesterday
we brought you the Butch Jones song, now
today, we have another SEC hit in this rap about the Iron Bowl:

• Dwight Howard on working out with Hakeem Olajuwon: ”
It’s not about emulating Dream.”

• Portland’s Rose Garden
has a new name.

• If you’re gonna flip your ATV, might as well land
on the wheels and keep on riding:

• Kevin Durant and Tyson Chandler were hanging with Justin
Bieber, apparently:

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