Our blog's reader 'yv' comments:
I thought I missed this posting here but you provided old AO postings. There was new significant developments to that Ovi's "non-story" and it looks like not covered at-all, because that Pitt. reporter published now sort of extensive apology and correction in the same publication
It seems some litigation problems have forced this 'reporter' and edition to publish it.
All right, let's look... First of all, where is an apology about Ovechkin's Mom? (Our post: Steigerwald(talk show): Ovechkin used steroids because his Mom is a Russian athlete)
Here's our first post "Irresponsible journalism", with the summary of what Ryan Lambert said:
1. Alex Ovechkin had unbelievable season up to the beginning of the Vancouver Olympics. If he used roids he had to quit them long before to pass the Olympics testing. IOC has more stringent testing than the NHL.
2. Ovechkin's so called "personal doctor" Anthony Galea never treated him.
3. A chiropractor, whom the Capitals admit treated some of its players for various chiropractic reasons, never treated Alex Ovechkin. Here's the list of Caps players who received the treatment: Eric Fehr, Matt Bradley and Shaone Morrisonn.
4. Ovechkin, who regularly participates in IIHF events like the World Championships, is tested for drugs more often than any other Capitals player. He is randomly tested to 3 different tests, by NHL, IIHF and IOC.
5. Ovechkin, having completed his Olympic participation nearly two years ago, could have gotten back on his apparently-needed steroids any old time he wanted since then.
Sorry, I don't see "apology" there though it called "A correction and an apology, with an educated presumption". All Steigerwald said is this:
I incorrectly and unfairly wrote that Ovechkin was in some way linked to a Canadian doctor, who had been charged with trying to bring steroids over the U.S. border from Canada and had treated lots of famous athletes, including Tiger Woods. Ovechkin's name was, in fact, never linked to that doctor.And we've heard that already, when Ryan Lambert was at his radio talk show. Nothing new, but look how he phrased it, "Ovechkin was in some way linked to a Canadian doctor". "Some way"? He called that doctor Ovechkin's personal doctor!
Steigerwald even says this:
I don't understand why he or anybody else would be upset by the presumptions of one person - no matter how much play those presumptions get on the World Wide Web - it's still one man's opinion.
Is this an apology? I don't think so.
Here's the last line:
John Steigerwald writes a Sunday column for the Observer-Reporter.
For one man's opinion he needs to go to HF Boards and post it there, not in the Sunday column for the Observer-Reporter. That's a big difference.