Kiyohara representative denies drug allegations

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TOKYO, March 6 (19:01) Kyodo

The management company for retired player Kazuhiro Kiyohara on
Thursday denied a published allegation that the former slugger had
been "hospitalized due to drug use."

Regarding an article in weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun,
Kiyohara's side published a statement that said he had been diagnosed
with diabetes at the end of January and had been hospitalized from
Feb. 27 through March 4 for treatment.

The management company's document said the Shukan Bunshun
article had damaged Kiyohara's good name and that, "A thorough
protest using every legal means, including litigation, is being

Shukan Bunshun's editorial department commented that it was
satisfied with the article.

The 46-year-old Kiyohara hit 525 home runs in his career, the
fifth most in Nippon Professional Baseball history.

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