A six-time MLB All-Star with over 460 home runs, Jose Canseco admitted to using anabolic steroids in 2005.
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Former MLB star Jose Canseco, who was one of the first major athletes to confess to steroid use, reportedly shot himself in the left finger by accident while cleaning his gun at his home in Las Vegas.
According to a New York Daily News interview with his wife, Leila Knight, Canseco was cleaning one of his four guns in the couple’s kitchen when it discharged and blew off the middle finger of his left hand.
“He had been at the shooting range a few days earlier. He didn’t know it was loaded,” Knight said in the interview. “The middle finger was hanging by a thread, and I wrapped his hand in a towel and then called 911. The doctors said they would either have to amputate or do reconstructive surgery. But if they do surgery, he won’t be able to use it again. He blew away an artery and a big bone chunk.”
Canseco has been the center of the steroids abuse scandal in Major League Baseball. In 2005 he confessed to using anabolic steroids and later stated that steroid use was widespread in the MLB.
Among his many accolades, Canseco was a 6-time MLB All-Star, the American League Rookie of the Year in 1986 and American League MVP in 1988 with the Oakland A’s, 4-time Silver Slugger, a two-time Home Run champion and two-time World Series Champion – 1989 with the A’s and 2000 with the new York Yankees.