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Tejada gets probation for misleading Congress about ex-teammate's drug use

March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada has been sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Federal Magistrate Judge Alan Kay issued the sentence of one year of unsupervised release, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

The Houston Astros player apologized to Congress and the court during a brief statement at the U.S. District courthouse in Washington and said he "learned a very important lesson."

Tejada pleaded guilty last month to withholding information about an ex-teammate's use of steroids and human growth hormone when questioned by a House committee's investigators in August 2005.

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He also acknowledged he bought HGH while playing for the A's, but said he threw the drugs away without using them. Prosecutors said they have no evidence to contradict that.

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