Imposter of former Yankee claims steroid use on Albany radio show
Shane Spencer (ESPN)
ALBANY, N.Y. - An Albany sports radio station and former New York Yankees player, Shane Spencer, are the apparent victims of an on-air hoax.
According to ESPN Radio, someone posing as the former Yankees outfielder called into "104.5 The Team" ESPN Radio show on Monday morning and made steroid accusations involving the Yankees team Spencer played on between 1998 and 2002.
During the phone interview, the Spencer imposter mentioned he used performance enhancing drugs and said other players, including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, did the same.
The real Shane Spencer went on the radio show Wednesday morning to clarify the situation. Spencer also spoke to NEWS10 Wednesday to clear his name.
"They pretty much claimed to be me, and then said I took steroids for the bulk of my career," Spencer explained. "I was in awe and disgusted."
Spencer said, "It definitely was not me. We had a double header; I was out on the field."
The Team is now looking into a criminal investigation to find out who was pretending to be the former Yankees player.
"We, along with Shane, share the opinion that such criminal actions are not funny, have no sense of purpose, and are bad for the individuals involved," the radio station released in a statement on Wednesday.
Spencer says he is disappointed the imposter also brought up his long-time friends, Jeter and Rivera.
"I have respect for them, and would never do anything to damage their persona," he said.
Now Spencer is working to make sure people know the call was a complete hoax.
"I've worked pretty hard to get where I'm at to have one idiot ruin it," Spencer added.
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