Glaus needs to speak

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:12 AM ET

Sorry, big guy ... "No comment" just isn't good enough.

When he does lift his self-imposed gag order, what path of damage control will Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus take now that his name has hit the headlines in baseball's most recent steroid scandal?

By now you have heard about the story on SI.com last week alleging the slugger was sent steroids between September 2003 and May 2004 .

Like many other names tossed out in steroid stories, there is no proof Glaus took the banned substance. But there is no denying how loudly silence screams "guilty!" for those holding court in the land of public opinion.

The way I see it this could go one of three ways:

1) Plead the fifth and disappear from public view a la former home run king Mark McGwire.

2) Denial -- "I have never and would never do performance-enhancing drugs," following in the footsteps of Barry Bonds.

3) "I'm sorry," (without admission) as was the tack of New York Yankee Jason Giambi.

Giambi's path would seem most painful in the short term, but consider how he recovered from the nightmare. In the grand scheme of things, it was put behind him fairly quickly. The same cannot be said for Bonds, who is constantly dogged by the tag of "cheater." McGwire? He likely cost himself a spot in Cooperstown.

This will not go away for Glaus until he steps up to the plate and speaks. And when he finally breaks his silence, it will be interesting to see whose book he tears a page out of.

But he can expect to receive a strong-armed invite to meet with the Mitchell Investigation -- the U.S. Congress inspired inquiry led by a former senator. This is a place where "no comment" isn't considered a valid answer.

-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personaility with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. 


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