The Angels and I have long been committed to eliminating the use of performance enhancing substances from the game of baseball. We have fully supported the adoption and implementation of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
We have routinely educated our players about the dangers of performance enhancing substances and strongly encouraged players to avoid their use. Recently, our organization has supported the investigation initiated by Commissioner Bud Selig and conducted by Senator George Mitchell into the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball, has cooperated with that investigation, and will continue to cooperate with that investigation.
This week, the Angels and I were disappointed to learn that the name of one of our players, Gary Matthews Jr., has been allegedly associated with an investigation into the sale of performance enhancing substances by an internet pharmacy in Florida.
Both the Angels and I have strongly encouraged Gary to cooperate with any authority investigating this matter. Specifically, the Angels have asked him to come forward and fully answer all questions surrounding the recent allegations against him. The organization continues to expect that this matter will come to a quick conclusion.
These recent revelations continue to highlight that baseball and all other sports must continue to directly address the issue of performance enhancing substances. There is no place in baseball for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them from the game.