Sentencing has been delayed until early next year for Kirk Radomski, the ex-New York Mets' clubhouse attendant who looms as a key figure in the Major League Baseball steroids investigation headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, according to court documents obtained by ESPN.com.
Radomksi, 37, pleaded guilty to steroids dealing in April and is now set to be sentenced Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. This marks the third time the sentencing date has been continued, with Radomski most recently set to appear before Judge Illston on Dec. 14.
The request for the continuance was signed Wednesday by Judge Illston, having been agreed to by Radomski's attorney, John Reilly, and assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella. Reilly could not be reached for comment Wednesday and Parrella declined comment on the sentencing delay.
Court documents stipulate that the request is due, in part, because Radomski is cooperating with the government and additional time is needed to complete the probe, though he hasn't met with federal investigators or Mitchell's staff for several months.
The delay in sentencing could be an indication that the Mitchell report won't be made public before mid-December. As part of his plea agreement, Radomski agreed to cooperate with Mitchell's investigation and those familiar with the case have been led to believe sentencing will come after release of the report.
Parrella also declined comment when asked if the delay was related to Mitchell's investigation.
Radomski is believed to have turned over information, including names and documents identifying his many baseball customers. Authorities also are in possession of his telephone and bank records, which reveal 23 checks totaling more than $30,000 that federal investigators alleged were deposited by individuals associated with Major League Baseball.
Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for ESPN.com