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


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">threaten a lawsuit, as did


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">visit the White House on Aug. 20.

• Al Harrington says winning


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• 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


• Boston Sports Club


target="_blank">gave A-Rod the business with an ad on the

front page of the Boston Globe.

• Pau Gasol will


target="_blank">shave his beard after “losing” a bet with his

brother, Marc.

• Yo… yo… check this guy out:

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• The Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson learned a lot


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• Chris Nilan

target="_blank">denied giving Whitey Bulger his 1986 Stanley

Cup ring.

• Read


target="_blank">this great breakdown of the Eagles’ new

“stacked” formations.


target="_blank">Via Crossing Broad, Charlie Manuel did

something weird with his dentures a couple nights ago in



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• A Southern Miss long snapper


target="_blank">with the long snap to end all long snaps:

• The Miami Marlins are


target="_blank">offering fans $1 tickets to next Tuesday’s

game against the Dodgers.

• Dan Uggla is on the DL after

target="_blank">having Lasik surgery that the Braves wanted him

to have in the spring.

• Northwestern had a watermelon eating contest at training


• The Belgian national soccer team watched a movie:

• Speaking with Howard Stern, Jason Dufner confirmed what

we already knew and


target="_blank">said he grabbed his wife’s behind after he won

the PGA Championship.

• J.J. Watt would also


target="_blank">like to play some offense.

• LeBron posed with Giant Sand LeBron in Oregon:

• Something seems to have gotten


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basketball team instructed a Chinese hotel on what their meeting

room door should say:


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• Yesterday


target="_blank">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: ”

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• Portland’s Rose Garden


target="_blank">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: