LONDON, Ont. -- A professor from London who helped shape baseball's Mitchell Report says the steroid problems uncovered in the landmark investigation go way beyond the ball diamond.
As the findings of the 20-month probe, which focused on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, were unveiled yesterday, Richard McLaren also fired a strike at pro athletes in other sports.
"I think every professional sport in North America has a problem with drugs," the University of Western Ontario law professor said yesterday after speaking at a press conference in New York City
"This is not just baseball, but sport in general. Baseball is trying to do something about it."
While McLaren, an expert on drug cheats in sports, didn't take part in the investigations, he played a major role in the crafting of the recommendations that could see baseball avoid future controversy.
The most crucial of these, McLaren said, is the hiring of an independent agency to investigate steroid suspicions.
It should have the same kind of protection as an internal affairs department within a police force, he said.