Commentary

Genetic Property

A new law protecting genetic information could butt heads with an MLB policy

Updated: October 7, 2009, 1:23 PM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine
Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesSenator Ted Kennedy called GINA, which was signed by George W. Bush, "the first new civil rights bill of the new century."

A new law designed to protect the genetic information of employees across the country is putting Major League Baseball on a collision course with the federal agency in charge of enforcing the law.

MLB currently collects DNA samples from players whose identity it is investigating in order to prevent age fraud -- a common occurence among Latin American who wish to appear younger than they are to attract MLB teams. In July, the Yankees voided the contract of a Dominican shortstop they thought was named Damian Arredondo after a DNA test conducted by the league's Department of Investigations showed that he was not who he said he was, and that he was older than the 16 years he claimed to be.
• Senior writer for ESPN The Magazine
• Author of "Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour"; the New York Times best-selling "Sex, Lies and Headlocks"; and "Steroid Nation"

SPONSORED HEADLINES

ESPN TOP HEADLINES

MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM