|Albany County prosecutors meeting with Mitchell Commission representatives|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 13 September 2007 11:36|
Just four days earlier, two Albany attorneys representing MLB also met with Soares, offering to help.
Still, District Attorney P. David Soares, whose office has worked for months with NFL officials who provided information, said it remains to be seen how the relationship with MLB will develop.
``There are still rules of engagement and how it seems that we're going to work together that have to be discussed, and if there's anything they can offer us in helping us with our case,'' he said before Thursday's meeting.
The District Attorney's office has been investigating illegal steroid sales for two years, targeting a Florida pharmacy and several distributors who used the Internet to sell prescription drugs to clients who never saw a doctor, which is illegal in New York.
NFL and MLB representatives first met with New York investigators in March after raids at Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., whose client lists reportedly included many professional athletes.
Soares said of the NFL: ``We established a working relationship. We figured out how they could be of assistance to us. We gave them an opportunity and they took full advantage of that opportunity, and the information they've provided us is very useful for our case against Signature. And apparently the information we provided them was very useful to them in administering their oath not to have performance-enhancing drugs in the league.''
The probe recently led to the NFL suspensions of New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. Dr. Richard Ryzde, a Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who was fired by the team, was questioned in the investigation.
This month, reports also linked St. Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel, Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus and Baltimore outfielder Jay Gibbons to Signature Pharmacy.
``This was never about cleaning up sports,'' Soares said of his probe. Instead, it's about shutting down a major supply line of illegal prescription drugs, he said, and the concern is that anyone, including young people, can sit at their computers and order them illegally.
``We would like to see the leagues take action,'' Soares said. ``It sends a message to high school students and to college students.''
Soares declined to confirm or deny a New York Times report that the names of 10 more baseball players could emerge. And he said his office was not the source of names leaked so far, but noted other law enforcement officials and ex-employees of the now closed companies could be.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is leading an investigation into steroid use by baseball players. His representatives came and went Thursday without commenting publicly, and Soares spokeswoman Heather Orth said she was unaware of any further meetings scheduled.