Canseco's attorney says FBI investigating threat

Updated: February 26, 2005, 2:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Jose Canseco's book "Juiced" is generating more than its share of controversy. It's also provoking death threats.

Jose Canseco
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The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday than an e-mail death threat submitted through Canseco's Web site forced Canseco to halt his book-signing tour.

Canseco's attorney Robert Saunooke told the paper the FBI is investigating the threat and has identified the sender of the e-mail with help from AOL.

"We are not taking the threat lightly," Saunooke told the paper. "It's not that I believe Jose is in immediate danger. He's a black belt in three different kinds of karate, so he can take care of himself. We are more concerned about the people who come to the book signing."

Canseco's tour securty was increased after an incident during a signing in Tampa last Thursday. Saunooke told the Tribune a local radio personality, posing as a fan, confronted Canseco during a break and began hollering and displaying a sign reading "traitor."

Saunooke told the paper the visits, intended for several Chicago bookstores next week, would be rescheduled.

In Canseco's book, "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big,'' he admits using steroids and accuses former teammates, including Mark McGwire, and other players of also taking the drugs.

Canseco said he introduced steroids to former Rangers teammates Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez. All have publicly denied Canseco's charges.

Palmeiro also said he's considered hiring the law firm of Orioles owner Peter Angelos to take legal action against Canseco.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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