Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun finally addressed the issue of his name in the Mitchell Report on Friday, providing some details on how his blank cheque ended up with a steroid dealer.
In an interview with the National Post, Zaun explained via email that he owed former teammate and close friend Jason Grimsley $500, likely for losing a bet on a basketball game, and he gave him the check without writing Grimsley's name on the document. Zaun added to MLB.com that he believed that Grimsley scribbled dealer Kirk Radomski's name on the check and used it to buy steroids.
"You're talking about one check of thousands that I've written over the last seven years," Zaun told the National Post said on Friday. "I'm supposed to recall why and when and to whom and where? That was nearly impossible for me to figure out, but when I went through the document and I looked at it, I could tell right away that the only parts of the check that were mine were my signature and possibly the $500 in the box. "
The Mitchell Report, released in December, featured a scanned image of the check, which Radomski said was used to obtain Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol. The check has Zaun's signature, and Radomski said the drugs were delivered to the clubhouse of the Kansas City Royals, where Zaun played in 2000 and 2001.
Radomski said that he believed Zaun was referred to him by former pitcher Jason Grimsley, who purchased more than $35,000 worth of steroids and human growth hormone from Radomski between 2001 and 2005, according to the Report.
"I knew right away there was something wrong," added Zaun. "I wanted to at least offer up an explanation for how my name ends up in that report. Maybe people come away from this and think there's a possibility that this could've happened, because that's the way I remember it happening."
The Mitchell Report also has other copies of checks submitted to Radomski by Grimsley. According to MLB.com, some of the writing on the check bearing Zaun's signature resembles writing on checks written by the former pitcher.
Zaun said he would've shredded his personal copy of the check.
"I would gladly produce the check if I knew where it was," Zaun told the National Post. "The photocopy in the Mitchell Report is clear enough. I knew right away I hadn't finished writing that check when I saw it."
When asked why he'd write a check without making it out specifically to Grimsley, Zaun said he's done that before "dozens of times."
"I can say, with 100 percent certainty, that the cheque was not to buy performance-enhancing drugs," Zaun told the National Post. "It's obvious to me what parts of the cheque are my writing."