MLB Steroid Scandal
MLB Steroid Scandal Baseball Fan Lawsuits
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On December 13, 2007 the results of an investigation into the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball was released by former US Senator George Mitchell. The publication of the Mitchell Report marked the darkest day in the history of Major League Baseball. Not only were steroids and other banned substances used regularly by some of the greatest heroes of the game, but Sen. Mitchell found that, by turning a blind eye to the steroid scandal, both the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball itself where complicit in the steroid scandal.
According to the Mitchell Report, the use of steroids in Major League Baseball was so widespread that it undermined the integrity of the game. Baseball fans go to the ballpark expecting to see -- and Major League Baseball is expected to provide -- a true competition between players of skill and ability. This revelation casts a pall over that competition. This constitutes not only a breach of trust, but a breach of contract and an act of fraud perpetrated against anyone who purchased Major League Baseball game tickets since the mid 1990s.
The release of the Mitchell Report was the culmination of a 21 month investigation into the use of steroids and other banned substances by Major League Baseball players. What the 409-page report made clear was the fact that steroid use was not attributable to just a “few bad apples” within Major League Baseball, but was a widespread practice. The report named a total of 86 current and former players who had used steroids or other performance enhancing substances since the mid 1990s. The list included 7 Major League Baseball MVPs, and players "whose major league careers were brief to potential members of the Baseball Hall of Fame." Among the players accused of doping were San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds, New York Yankees pitchers Andy Pettite and Roger Clemens, infielder Miguel Tejada, pitcher Eric Gagne, and Blue Jays stars Gregg Zaun and Troy Glaus. Retired players were also called out, including Chuck Knoblauch and Lenny Dykstra. Steroid-using players who admitted publicly to drug use, such as Jose Canseco, were also heavily cited in the report. Even more shocking, the report conceded that the names mentioned within it only scratched the surface of steroid abuse occurring in Major League Baseball.
The Mitchell Report’s detailed description of steroid use in Major League Baseball was stunning-- especially considering that few players cooperated with the investigation. The evidence presented included cancelled checks written by players for the purchase of steroids, as well as internal correspondence from front offices in Los Angeles and Boston indicating that management knew about drug use and took it into consideration during trade talks.
The complicity of Major League Baseball itself in the drug abuse was perhaps the most damming aspect of the Mitchell Report. The Leagues repeatedly turned a blind eye to what was going on in its clubhouses. The report included accounts of Major League team front office personnel openly discussing steroid use during trade talks or roster evaluations, players shooting up together and club employees failing to report incidents of use. Eager to see players break records in a way that would excite fans and get them into the ballpark, Major League Baseball personnel willfully ignored the widespread drug abuse occurring among its players.
Breach of Contract and Fraud
The widespread use of steroids and other banned substances within Major League Baseball, together with the complicity of the league itself, constitutes fraud and a breach of the contract Major League Baseball made with every fan that purchased a game ticket. Anyone who has attended a baseball game cannot be sure that the outcome of that game was true and fair, or, if it was unduly affected by players using drugs. Every record broken since the mid-1990's was called into question by the Mitchell Report. But the fraud committed by Major League Baseball’s failure to deal with drug use among players had even more serious implications. Millions of young athletes look up to these players and emulate them. Because of the behavior of Major League players, the use of dangerous steroids and other drugs may seem acceptable to many of these young athletes. The number of young people who decided to use - and were injured by - steroids because of the actions of drug-abusing Major League Baseball players might never be known.
Fans have a right to expect that the outcome of a baseball game is a true reflection of the skills and abilities of the players involved. The willing failure to prevent steroid use constitutes an act of fraud, and as a result, Major League Baseball and its Players Association stand in breach of contract with baseball fans everywhere.
Legal Help For Victims Affected By
Parker Waichman LLP is currently evaluating breach of contract and fraud lawsuits against Major League Baseball, its Players Association and any other parties to the deception perpetuated against baseball fans.
If you purchased tickets to a Major League Baseball game and believe that you were a victim of fraud or breach of contract as a result of the Major Baseball steroid scandal, please contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP by filling out the form to the right or by calling our office at 1-800-968-7529.