Glaus mum on scandal

MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There were few words from Troy Glaus yesterday but his face said plenty.

Now part of a steroids scandal after SI.com revealed Friday that in 2003 and 2004 Glaus, the Jays third baseman received multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone to a Corona, Calif., address that traces to the player.

Glaus declined to meet with the media Friday but yesterday came out to make a brief statement just outside the Jays clubhouse.

"I respect the fact that you guys have a job to do," Glaus said, a slight quiver in his voice. "I respect that you certainly have some questions. I am not going to comment on the story and I hope you respect that at this time."

Would he be talking at a later date?

"I'm not going to comment at this point and that's just it," he said.

He was asked how upsetting the matter is for him.

"Look, I'm not going to comment on the story. At this point I'm just trying to get ready for a game and help our team, get them in the playoff hunt. That's it."

It should be noted that Glaus, a four-time all-star and the World Series MVP in 2002 when a member of the Angels, is a very confident individual and in interviews he can come across as cocky and condescending.

Yesterday, though, on the verge of tears, he appeared contrite and in a state of shock.

But without anything more than a "no comment" and no questions answered, Glaus is painting himself into a corner in the realm of public opinion.

Glaus will be asked to be more forthcoming when he is called into the commissioner's office to explain himself at a later point in time.

Meanwhile, those that know him well express surprise.

Across the diamond at Tropicana Field, Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon, who served for many years in the Angels organization, is a friend of Glaus.

"I support Troy," Maddon said. "I have no idea what's going on in regard to this. He and I are good friends going back to the Angels days when he first began."

Maddon added that at no time did he suspect that Glaus may have used performance-enhancing drugs.

"No suspicion. He's a good man and a good friend," Maddon said.

Ditto for manager John Gibbons.

"It surprised me, it really did," he said.

Gibbons, who said he hasn't heard any chatter concerning Glaus in the clubhouse, added that he didn't know if the controversy will affect Glaus' play the remainder of the season.

"Who knows how it's going to affect him," Gibbons said. "I would think so, but I don't know for a fact."

However, the damage to Glaus' reputation has already been done.

Guilty or innocent, once a player's name has been linked to steroids, it stains his career.

Glaus will have to live with that and, eventually, he'll have to talk.


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