Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/8/12

The last thing the White Sox needed in the middle of a heated pennant race with Detroit were

distractions thrown their way.

But there it was on Friday, front and center, so much so that catcher A.J. Pierzynski addressed the

media before the eventual 7-5 loss to Kansas City, over an internet rumor that said the veteran was under

suspicion for steroid use by Major League Baseball.

Pierzynski not only called it "completely baseless," but couldn't believe how a post on the message

boards of a local radio station in Chicago on Wednesday, spread like wildfire by Thursday. He would have

addressed it on Thursday, but the Sox were off, and Pierzynski was back in Florida visiting his family,

taking advantage of the one-day breather.

"Apparently certain people in the media, they know who they are and I don't have to mention them by name

-- they just go ahead and run stories and talk about stories on their air without getting sources," an

obviously irritated Pierzynski stated. "It's a shame because people that don't do anything, haven't done

anything, can be targeted, and you can say whatever you want on the internet.

"But that's the life we live and the world we live in, and unfortunately it's happened to other people

and this time it happened to be on me.

"It's over with now and hopefully people find something better we can talk about (on) the White Sox

instead of something that is completely baseless."

As far as who specifically gave the rumor life on the station, Pierzynski wasn't sure. But he did find

it ridiculous that because a player is having a career year -- like Pierzynski is -- and it's happening in

a free-agent season, then the growing opinion is to jump to that conclusion that PEDs must be the reason.

Pierzynski is having his best power season ever, connecting on homer No. 25 in Friday's loss, as well as

grabbing his 72nd RBI as the weekend series with Kansas City began, but there has never been suspicion

about him before, and MLB officials were said to have told Sox officials he has never had a positive drug


According to several media outlets, the Sox were so bothered by the rumors that they had asked MLB

before Friday.

Pierzynski said that he has been tested "at least five times" this year.

The problem is that whenever there's smoke, like there has been in the game this season, people assume

there is fire. Marlon Byrd, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon have already tested positive for performance-

enhancing drugs since Opening Day, and ordered to serve 50-game suspensions under MLB's penalty system.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

George Karl’s agent rips Kings, wants broadcaster reprimanded

WATCH: Popovich has funny reaction to New Hampshire results

Suns vets pull packing peanut prank on rookie Devin Booker

Teammate gives Manning final completion ball from Super Bowl


Report: Ole Miss Football cited in 13 of 28 department violations by NCAA

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

Panthers TE Greg Olsen shaves off his playoff beard

Derek Fisher thanks Knicks in statement

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker