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by Paul on 11/06/11 at 08:02 PM ET
from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star,
Georges Laraque is angry at being compared to baseball whistle-blower Jose Canseco in the wake of claims he made in his new book that steroid use was common in NHL dressing rooms.
“Some people are stupid enough to say that I’m the new Canseco of hockey,” Laraque told the Star in a telephone interview Sunday. “First of all, I’ve never taken steroids. Second of all, I never threw out any names. There’s no comparison at all.”
Laraque has been inundated with calls from reporters since the release of his book, Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy. Everybody wants to talk to him about drugs in the NHL.
It irks Laraque that he is now being painted in some corners as an opportunist who wrote about drugs in the book to boost sales. His motivation for the book had been a Jackie Robinson autobiography he read as a kid that helped him persevere after facing a barrage of racial taunts while growing up playing hockey in Quebec as the son of Haitian immigrants.
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