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Bud Selig doesn't want to talk about Sammy Sosa's drug test, OK?

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Bud Selig has spoken regarding an accusation that Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The commissioner does not care.

Most opinion on Sosa seems to fall into the "not surprised" bin.

Lance Berkman isn't surprised.

The Dodgers aren't surprised.

The Cubs and White Sox aren't surprised.

You probably aren't surprised. It doesn't shock the heck out of me, either.

But Selig? He doesn't even care.

Sports Radio Interviews, via radio station KTAR in Phoenix, has AUDIO.

"I don't have any comment but I'll tell you what I told everybody else, we now have the toughest testing program in American sports," Selig said. "We've had one positive test this year in over 1,500 administered. In the previous three years, we've only had eight positive tests. We're talking about test results in 2002 and 2003, and I don't know whether this story is accurate or not. I'm not going to comment on that."

Yes, Bud, but what about Sosa, with whom the commish seemed awful chummy in the past decade? Something about Roger Maris' single-season home run record being challenged by Sosa and Mr. Mark McGwire? And what about Sosa going before Congress and, apparently, lying to you, me and everybody?

UPDATE: Congress, which admittedly has nothing else going on right now, will re-examine Sosa's testimony.

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"I have great affection for Sammy Sosa(notes) and Mark McGwire for different reasons: I got to know them well, they were always very cooperative, but time goes on and people are gonna have to make their own judgments in the future. The fact of the matter is that this is a problem that has been addressed a long time ago.

"And, I want to underscore the 'long time ago' because it is irritating to me that people keep wanting — these are old stories — these are stories that are no longer germane. Are they accurate? I don't know. You all will have to make that judgment."

Well, thankfully Bud has left the tough calls to us.

We probably should expect more out of the leader of the free baseball world, but then why should we expect anything like that out of Selig, whose legacy will always be defined with shrugging shoulders.

Bud would rather complain that anybody cares about yet another a positive drug test from years ago — before Major League Baseball "solved" its drug problem — or that the law has been broken by someone leaking information.

"By the way, I'm told by a lot of lawyers today that any leaks out, whether they're accurate or not, are illegal and unethical. And, so, if you want to ask me if I'm appalled? Yes, I am appalled…"

Law is sacred. Baseball history? Meh.

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