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Helton Irate Over 'Juice' Reference

Tuesday, March 22, 2005; Page D06

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is threatening to sue Cardinals radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin over remarks Hagin made last weekend. Helton says Hagin implied he used steroids when he talked about Helton being on "the juice."

In the conversation Saturday on KSLG, the St. Louis ESPN Radio affiliate, Hagin said of Helton: "I want to say something that is the absolute truth -- now he will be mad at me for saying it if it gets out, but . . . he tried it. I know he tried it because [former Colorado manager] Don Baylor told me, 'I told him to get off the juice -- you're a player who doesn't need that. Get off it. It's made you into a robot at first base defensively' and may have altered his swing. He got off it.

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is considering a lawsuit against Cardinals broadcaster Wayne Hagin. (Ed Andrieski -- AP)

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"He is not unlike so many other players who have tried it because they wanted to get on that level playing field."

Helton was irate, saying he never has done steroids and is considering filing a lawsuit.

"If it's feasibly possible, I will," he said in an interview yesterday with Dan Patrick on ESPN Radio.

But Hagin, reached yesterday in Florida, said he was talking about Helton using a legal performance-enhancing supplement, not steroids, and that his comments were taken out of context and blown out of proportion.

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