Shane Spencer Falls Victim To Hoax

NEW YORK — Former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer was the victim of a hoax in which an impersonator called an Albany radio station on Monday and made steroid allegations involving the Yankees teams Spencer played on between 1998 and 2002.

A podcast of the interview, with host Mike Lindsley of ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team, remained on the station’s website until nearly 6 p.m. Tuesday until it was taken down after the hoax was discovered.

By then, the content of the interview — the bogus “Spencer” claimed to have taken steroids as a Yankee — had reached the Yankees clubhouse; Derek Jeter, whose name was mentioned by the hoaxster, listened to it shortly before Tuesday’s game against the Angels and had Charlie Wonsowicz, the Yankees head video coordinator, call the real Shane Spencer in the clubhouse of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, for whom he serves as the hitting coach.

Source: Wallace Matthews, ESPN New York