NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Remember Shane Spencer?
Yep, the power-hitting outfielder who burst onto the scene for the Yankees in 1998 and played for the Bronx Bombers until 2002. Oh, and for those with a good memory, he also played for the Mets in 2004.
Well he’s back in the news after being the victim of a hoax on ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team in Albany on Monday.
An imposter claiming to be Spencer called the station and admitted to taking steroids, saying, “I have used steroids in the past … Did I ever see anyone using them? Absolutely … Here’s the one thing I would say, is that most people did not use steroids in a public forum. Most people didn’t make it — it wasn’t like you would walk into the Yankees’ locker room or any other team I played for and people were just using steroids or people would be openly talking about it.”
The audio of the interview was posted on the station’s website until nearly 6 p.m. on Tuesday before it was taken down, according to ESPN.
The 41-year-old joined WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Wednesday morning to give his side of the story.
“At first I questioned (the radio station),” Spencer told Boomer & Carton. “Well it has to be somebody on your side, because how would they even know to call in right then? And then (the station) kind of made it clear to me that (the host) had been prepping it and that somebody had just called in and they said, ‘Oh,’ and it was like last second. And I said, ‘Well obviously it wasn’t my number, and I wasn’t there and I just told you I couldn’t do it.'”
Once nicknamed “Roy Hobbs” in reference to “The Natural,” Spencer denied ever using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs.