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Hicks suspects Gonzalez used steroids



Thursday, June 21st 2007, 4:00 AM

Texas Rangers teammate Juan Gonzalez as a steroid user in his tell-all book "Juiced."

Last year, the Daily News reported the two-time MVP was questioned by Canadian authorities after a bag containing steroids and hypodermic needles was unloaded off a charter plane in October, 2001.

Earlier this month, Rangers owner Tom Hicks told a Dallas TV station that he, too, has had his suspicions about Gonzalez. In an interview that aired June 10 on KTVT-TV, Hicks was asked about decisions he has regretted since owning the team. "Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably, we just gave that money away," Hicks said.

Gonzalez spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Rangers before joining Detroit in 2000 and Cleveland in 2001. He signed a $24 million, two-year free agent deal to rejoin Texas in 2002. He was sidelined by injuries and played in only 152 games the next two seasons, hitting 32 home runs.

"That kind of comment is so irresponsible, it does not merit a response," said Gonzalez's agent, Alan Nero.

Hicks tried to clarify his comment yesterday. "I have no knowledge that Juan used steroids. His number of injuries and early retirement just makes me suspicious," Hicks wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press yesterday. "In any event, we paid him $24 million for very few games."

Clubs have cooperated with the steroids investigation conducted by former Senate Majority leader George Mitchell, but it is not clear if Hicks shared his concerns with investigators.

As the Daily News reported in 2006, Canadian Border Service agents at Toronto's Pearson International Airport noticed a gym bag with no address tag come off an Indians charter flight three weeks after 9/11. When the agents unzipped the bag they found five ampules of steroids, pills of the anabolic steroid clenbuterol and hypodermic needles.

The agents notified Toronto police and Indians personnel, and they allowed the bag to be sent to the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, where the club was staying, to see who claimed it.

According to a Canadian Border Service Agency report, the man who picked up the bag was Angel (Nao) Presinal, then 48, a trainer who has worked with Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon, Miguel Tejada, Moises Alou and other stars. Presinal told the agents the bag belonged to Gonzalez. Agents questioned both men for four hours before deciding they didn't have enough evidence to link the bag to either of them. Gonzalez and Presinal were allowed to go free, and the bag was confiscated.

haha, wow. Complete ownage.

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Haha. The Rangers in 1993 had Juan Gonzalez, Jose Canseco, Pudge Rodriguez, and Orlando Palmiero. Would it a complete surprise if it wasn't a rampant clubhouse with steroids. Never seen Pudge linked, but the other 3, well they have been. And they still only won 86 games.

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wow...Hicks NOW thinks Gonzo MAY have been on 'roids??

in other breaking news...Tom Hicks thinks Santa Claus may not be real!!!!

if Gonzalez would have hit 40 a year for the 2 years, Hicks would never had said anything about steroids. Wonder what he has to say about Sosa?

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