U.S. Attorney's office recommends probation for Astros' Tejada
The United States Attorney's office has recommended that Houston Astros shortstop
Kay will issue Tejada's punishment next Thursday, when the 34-year-old shortstop is due back in court. Tejada pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge that he made "misrepresentations to Congress" when he told congressional aides at a Baltimore hotel on Aug. 26, 2005, that he was unaware of steroid use by other players. The aides interviewed Tejada as part of perjury investigation of Tejada's former Baltimore Orioles teammate,
Earlier that year Palmeiro, who had testified under oath and in front of Congress that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs, tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Palmeiro told a House committee on Aug. 25 that the positive test may have resulted from a steroid-tainted B-12 injection he received from Tejada. The next day, a congressional aide asked the shortstop, "You never knew of any other player using steroids?" "No," Tejada replied.
By Nov. '05 Congress had dropped the perjury investigation against Palmeiro, citing insufficient evidence. But by Jan. '08, one month after the release of the Mitchell Report, Tejada himself was under investigation. Former Oakland A's teammate
Tejada struck a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney's office last month, pleading to the misdemeanor offense. Hours after his guilty plea last month, Tejada fought back tears at a press conference in Houston where he said, "I made a mistake and now I know how serious of a mistake I made for not answering a question about another teammate." He then apologized "to the whole United States, because this country gave me the opportunity to be who I am and the last thing I want to do is let this country down."
With Thursday's sentencing recommendations, it appears that the federal government is willing to give Tejada another chance. "Defendant has expressed appropriate remorse," the filing says, "[he] appears to have learned a difficult and important life lesson."