<
>

Wells weighs in: Palmeiro should take lie detector test

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Boston Red Sox left-hander David Wells
said Thursday that he believes there are major-league players
probably still using steroids.
"There's no question in my mind that there's a lot of guys out
there still that are probably on them," Wells said in an interview
on WSKO in Providence. "I mean, they're just playing Russian
Roulette."

Wells said he has been tested for steroids three times this year
"and, quite frankly, I'm starting to lose my cool."
He added that the testers should "go to the guys who have been
losing weight dramatically, are not as big as they were last year,
listen to their excuses" and test them.
Wells also offered his take on Rafael Palmeiro, saying a lie
detector test may be the best method to show when the Baltimore
Orioles first baseman used steroids. He said Palmeiro's
accomplishments should be removed from baseball's record books if
he used them for a while.
"The best way to solve it is probably a lie detector test and
put him on it and say, 'How long have you been doing it, when did
you take them, for what part of your career?' " Wells said.
"If he's been doing it a while, then go ahead and erase [his
accomplishments]. It's a shame to do it, but you know you have to
do it."
Wells' remarks came one day after his teammate, Curt Schilling,
said on WEEI radio in Boston that Palmeiro has "no credibility"
to talk about steroids, and his achievements should be wiped from
the record books. Those remarks echo those of Washington Nationals
manager Frank Robinson, who hit 586 homers.
Palmeiro has 3,020 hits and 569 homers. He was suspended for 10
days on Aug. 1 for using steroids, and has claimed that he didn't
know how it got in his body. He has been advised by his attorneys
not to comment on his situation until Congress concludes its
investigation of his case.
"Personally, I liked him as a person," Wells said of Palmeiro.
"He's a great guy but he cheated and that doesn't sit well with
me."