An unidentified man claiming to be former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer was interviewed by an Albany, N.Y., sports-talk radio station this week and discussed steroid use and Yankees teammates.
But it was all a lie. The real Spencer, who coaches an independent league team in Somerset, Mass., heard the hoax interview and was incensed.
"I about threw up," Spencer told ESPNNewYork.com. "I just want it out there that it wasn't me....
"Someone called into the station claiming to be me and spoke on my behalf regarding some very sensitive topics surrounding baseball. This caller spoke as me about topics ranging from steroids, to my time with the New York Yankees, Roger Clemens, and my feelings about the great Mariano Rivera.
"I am outraged that someone would do this and at the same time disappointed that the station believed it to be me despite not coming from the contact information they had for me."
The prank caller posing as Spencer said in the interview, "I have used steroids in the past. ... Did I ever see anyone using them? Absolutely. ... Here's the one thing I would say, is that most people did not use steroids in a public forum. Most people didn't make it -- it wasn't like you would walk into the Yankees' locker room or any other team I played for and people were just using steroids or people would be openly talking about it."
The station removed the audio of the interview from its website.