Bulking Up for Bush

From Holden:

Last week I commented on Jose Canseco’s new book in which he accuses George Bush of turning a blind and smirking eye to rampant steroid use among Texas Rangers baseball players when Bush was part-owner of the franchise.

When President Bush was the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers franchise in the early 1990s, Bush and Tom Grieve, the general manager, “would have seen all three of those guys [Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez] getting bigger before their eyes, starting within weeks after I joined the team,” Canseco says in the book. “But they never made an issue of it, or said anything to me or to any of us about steroids.”

Of course Little Scottie was quick to deny Canseco’s allegations.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said he spoke to Bush about alleged steroid use.

“If there was, he was not aware of it at the time,” McClellan said.

Today we learn that the FBI investigated steroid use in Major League Baseball during the same time period, and that the agent in charge specifically warned baseball officials about Canseco’s use of the illicit substances.

Special Agent Greg Stejskal, who oversees the Bureau’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office, said he told baseball security chief Kevin Hallinan that Jose Canseco and many other players were using illegal anabolic steroids. Stejskal’s warning was based on evidence gathered during a far-reaching steroid investigation he conducted in the `90s, but the agent says the lords of the game did not act on the information.

“I alerted Major League Baseball back in the time when we had the case, that Canseco was a heavy user and that they should be aware of it.. .. I spoke to the people in their security office. Hallinan was one of the people I spoke to,” Stejskal told The News.

Interesting, that. Other than the folks in MLB’s security office, just who were the “lords of the game” that Agent Stejskal warned about Canseco’s steriod use? Seems logical to me that he would have warned the ownership of Canseco’s team, the Texas Rangers, including one George W. Bush, doesn’t it?

ESPN’s Dan Patrick read the story about Agent Stejskal warning baseball officials and tried to interview him for his radio show today (which I just happened to catch).

But the interview never happened. Agent Stejskal told Patrick that the FBI had ordered him not to discuss his investigation of steroid use in the 1990s. Stejskal explained that, “You get in trouble when you talk about certain people.”

Just who are those “certain people” about whom the FBI agent may not speak without running into trouble? It’s certainly not Jose Canseco, he’ll tell anyone who will listen that he used steroids. So who is the FBI protecting?

You know what they say about when 2 + 2 walks like a duck…