Not looking so good for Gary.
After sixteen days of guilt-inducing silence, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder finally came out Wednesday to publicly deny ever taking human growth hormone (HgH).
"I have never taken HgH - during the 2004 season or any other time," Matthews said. "Nobody has accused me of doing so, and no law enforcement authority has said I am a target of any investigation for doing so."Thanks for clearing that up. Matthews silence has done more than make people wonder whether he is innocent of cheating at baseball. It has created an unnecessary distraction at the club's spring training camp and has Angels owner Arte Moreno ticked off, to say the least. He made it crystal clear that the matter be resolved by Opening Day.
A little background on the subject: Sports Illustrated reported that Matthews was allegedly sent Genotropin, a brand of synthetic growth hormone, in August 2004. The drug reportedly came from Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Alabama and was sent to an address in Mansfield, Texas of one of Matthews' former minor league teammates.
Before coming forward on the issue, Matthews apparently had to "make absolutely sure" where he and his people (lawyers and agent) stood. Basically, it took 16 days for him to figure out if anyone had any dirt on him... which he should have known right off the bat, if you ask me. Did you or did you not take HGH? It's that simple.
When asked if he ever purchased the banned substance, Matthews refused to comment, ending his statement by saying that he has said what he has to say and is ready to go back to work like he always does.
Coming off a great season in an otherwise mediocre career, Matthews signed a huge five-year, $50 million contract with the Angels in December after setting career highs with 19 longballs, 79 RBIs and a .313 average with the Texas Rangers in 2006.