Newspaper apologizes to Bo Jackson for steroid report

A California newspaper apologized to Bo Jackson on Sunday and retracted part of a story, which said the former professional football and baseball star used steroids.

"Jackson has stated publicly he has never used steroids," the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin said on its website. "We retract the quote and the further statement that the speaker personally witnessed this damage to his life. We apologize to Mr. Jackson, without reservation."

In a story published March 24 under sports editor Jim Mohr's byline, dietary expert Ellen Coleman was quoted as saying she knew personally that "Bo Jackson lost his hip because of anabolic abuse."

Last week, Jackson filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, MediaNews Group Inc., MediaNews Group Interactive, Inc., Mohr and three other employees for unspecified general and punitive damages in Illinois.

"I've got nothing to hide," said Jackson, who read the newspaper's story online. "If anyone wants to check into my medical past, go get blood tests, go check up on those blood tests and see if there was any anabolic steroids in it. You're more than welcome."

Coleman later denied making any statements about Jackson.

It wasn't clear if the newspaper's retraction would have any affect on Jackson's defamation suit.

Jackson is the only player to be named to the NFL's Pro Bowl and play in baseball's all-star game. He retired from professional sports in 1994 due to chronic hip injuries, including a hip replacement in 1992 at the age of 30.

After his retirement, he went back to university, graduating from Auburn with a science degree in family and child development.

Jackson is now a businessman in suburban Chicago and talks to children about health and nutrition issues.

with files from Associated Press