Miguel Tejada, seen here while playing with the
Oakland A's, is expected to plead guilty Weds.
to lying to Congressional investigators as part of
hearings addressing the Mitchell Report.
UPDATE: Tejada pleads guilty.
Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada has plead guilty in a Washington federal courthouse to charges of lying to Congressional investigators. The filing of United States of America v. Miguel Tejada, is worded so that the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player and five-time all-star will face misdemeanor charges, which will most likely result in a fine, and a statement to the court that the matter will not occur again. He is not being charged with any felony perjury charges. Based upon the statute filed against Tejada, jail time seems highly unlikely.
Tejada appeared in U.S. District Court of Washington at 11am (ET) on Wednesday.
According to The AP, “The charge came in a legal document called a ‘criminal information,’ which can be filed only with the defendant's consent and typically signals a plea deal.”
Tejada is charged with lying to Congressional investigators for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2005. At the time, he denied knowledge of an ex-teammate's use of performance-enhancing drugs.
While the player is unknown, it is believed to be a player for the Oakland Athletics.
According to the documents filed on Tuesday, Tejada "unlawfully withheld pertinent information from the committee because defendant Tejada, before and during his interview with the committee staff, then and there well knew that player #1, one of his teammates on the Oakland Athletics, had used steroids and HGH."
The Mitchell Report (see here) covers former Oakland A’s teammate Adam Piatt’s claims that he provided steroids to Tejada – steroids which he obtained from Kirk Radomski.
According to the Mitchell Report:
In 2003, Adam Piatt’s locker was located next to Tejada’s in the Oakland Athletics clubhouse. According to Piatt, Tejada asked specifically if he had any steroids. Piatt believed that Tejada asked him because Piatt was in good shape and generally friendly with him. Piatt had several conversations with Tejada before a transaction occurred. Piatt admitted he had access to steroids and human growth hormone and agreed to obtain them for Tejada. Piatt recalled that he provided Tejada with testosterone or Deca-Durabolin, as well as human growth hormone. Piatt emphasized that he did not know whether Tejada actually used the substances.
Piatt’s bank provided two checks deposited into Piatt’s account that had been written to him from Miguel Tejada. The checks are dated March 21, 2003 and are in the amounts of $3,100 and $3,200 respectively. Both are included in the Appendix; one is shown below.
When Tejada was interviewed by Congressional investigators, the following exchange is what prompted the charges that Tejada will plead guilty to lying about on Weds. In regards to Piatt.
“Committee Staff: Has there been discussions among other players about steroids?
“TEJADA: No, I never heard.
“Committee Staff: You never heard any of that?
Sources: The Associated Press, and Houston Chronicle
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