Hey, Manny Ramirez! This is how you deny an accusation.
A rabble-rousing blogger may have crossed the line when he raised questions over whether Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies might have used performance-enhancing drugs. But Ibanez provided a sterling example of how to respond to such allegations when they're false. As told in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool -- anything you can test," Ibanez said. "I'll give you back every dime I've ever made" if the test is positive.
"I'll put that up against the jobs of anyone who writes this stuff," he said. "Make them accountable. There should be more credibility than some 42-year-old blogger typing in his mother's basement. It demeans everything you've done with one stroke of the pen."
You listening, Manny Ramirez? That's how you deny something -- if it's deniable. Comparing your allegations to rape and murder rings pretty hollow.
As for any 42-year-old bloggers, say hi to your mother for me, OK?
-- Adam Rose
Photo (left): Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Photo (right): Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies. Credit: Christopher Pasatieri / US Presswire