Ex-Yankee Shane Spencer falls victim to radio hoax

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

Ex New York Yankee outfielder Shane Spencer fell victim to radio hoax (Ronald Martinez Getty Images) Ex-New York Yankee outfielder Shane Spencer fell victim to radio hoax. (Ronald Martinez/
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Former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer was the victim to a radio hoax in which a man called in and made steroid allegations involving the Yankees teams Spencer played on, reports ESPN.com.

A man, who claimed to be Spencer, called Albany radio station 104.5 The Team and said he took steroids while playing for the Yankees.  The audio was taken down from the station's website when the hoax was discovered. The station said they were investigating the incident.

Spencer, now the hitting coach of Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, was alerted to the interview by Yankee personnel after the interview reached the Yankee clubhouse.

"I listened to (the interview) for about a minute and I about threw up,'' Spencer told ESPN.com. "I just want it out there that it wasn't me.''

"In response to an interview that ESPN Radio 104.5 FM host Mike Lindsley claims to have done with me on Tuesday afternoon, I would like to set the record straight that I did not participate in any such interview, "Spencer said in a statement.

Spencer played five seasons with the Yankees and said he never used any performance-enhancing drugs.

"I try to be a positive role model,'' he said. "I never touched the stuff.''

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Still, a man identifying himself as Shane Spencer called into the station about 1:30 Monday afternoon, and was put on the air for nearly a half-hour, during which he spun tales of drug use in baseball, and on the Yankees, during his time with the club. "It's embarrassing,'' the real Spencer said. "It's almost like I want to drive to Yankee Stadium and apologize.''
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