Jose Canseco bottoms out

New Times strikes a blow for justice against the onetime superstar.

It was last month when Canseco took to Twitter — where his regular forays into self-pity and bizarre rants have earned him almost 400,000 followers — to reach out to Shennib. "Someone tell leila shennib that I love her," he wrote June 3. "Leila please call me."

On June 9, he proposed to her on Twitter. A day later, as she continued to ignore him, he changed his tune: "I made a total fool of my self for someone who never even cared about me .what an idiot I am."

On July 7, Canseco sent her a massive teddy bear, taller than her sofa, holding a red heart embroidered with "From Jose: I love you." The next day, when Shennib again asked him to stop harassing her, Canseco let loose on Twitter, unleashing a slew of insults before tweeting her cell phone number and discussing her drug and sex habits.

Canseco and Shennib in happier times.
Courtesy of Leila Shennib
Canseco and Shennib in happier times.
A teddy bear Canseco sent Shennib the day before he tweeted her phone number to the world.
Courtesy of Leila Shennib
A teddy bear Canseco sent Shennib the day before he tweeted her phone number to the world.

Shennib described all of this to New Times — and no other newspaper — as her life fell apart last week. After scores of strangers called her to offer weed and ask for sex, New Times phoned Canseco to get his side of the story.

The slugger at first originally politely declined to comment. But then he called back.

"I can tell you right now she's an absolute liar," Canseco said. "She's lying just like Major League Baseball lied about me and my brother."

He and Shennib didn't live in a garage, he countered. "It was a large, over a 1,000-square-foot room." He smoked weed with his ex-girlfriend, he admitted — but only because "she forced [him] three times." (Canseco is still a muscular 240 pounds, it's worth noting.)

But why tweet her phone number just because she broke up with you, Jose?

He referred to an argument they had after she told him to stay out of her life. "I said I'd never forgive or forget what she said," he explained. "I wanted people to call her and ask her about what she's said and what she did."

Don't you feel bad about the harassment she's gotten in return?

"I'll tell you this," he said. "She loves attention."

There was only one way to call Canseco to task for his online abuse: New Times shared his cell phone number with the world the same way he had been so giving of Shennib's personal info.

When we explained the plan to Canseco, he wasn't thrilled. "You're just a young, little boy," Canseco hollered at a reporter. "[You're] a piece of shit... You obviously have something personal about this."

Nothing personal, Jose. Just a little sweet Internet justice. Websites around the world linked to New Times' blog after we published his number — 818-903-6598 — and Canseco's voicemail filled up within hours.

Shennib, it should be said, played no role in our vigilante campaign. She's still trying to put her life back together — changing her cell number, meeting with lawyers about a possible defamation case, and dealing with a mammoth Verizon bill.

If nothing else, the past two weeks have hammered home one fact that all of Miami probably could have told Shennib two years ago.

"I made one mistake," she says. "Dating Jose Canseco."

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31 comments
jackal125
jackal125

AMacau, I once knew a person with that name , bro you are one to talk about Canseco like that...i bet you have nothing to say bad about Afraud , Ortiz, Sosa, Ramirez , Bonds, clements, Mc Wrire..and hundreds of other players who tested positive..and had never ever pay their dues...canseco did.i am ashamed of knowing that you talk like that about one of the best Atletes ever played in MLB.... when you were a mediocre poor Sofball player you should stay ....calm and quiet...looks who's talking about EGO and being a RAT.........now that i see your picture , it is you my brother.....he he he he he what a loser.

jackal125
jackal125

man , this country is full of liers...but Canseco isnt one of them...people just want a piece of him...that lady still with him, planning to get marry...i really dont know whay these wipe asses liars are talking abour

DUDE
DUDE

Why would they post this GARBAGE LIES and NONSENSE. LOOK AT JOSES FACEBOOK. HE IS STILL WITH HER AND SHE IS STILL VERY MUCH WITH HIM SO...........

Don't Believe these tabloids garbage looser' wanting to earn a quick buck. Don't let your your life be filled with other peoples life's whom you are not even gonna ever come near.

A_Constant_Reader
A_Constant_Reader

"Don't let your your life be filled with other peoples life's whom you are not even gonna ever come near."

Then why are you on the asshole's Facebook page, douche?

RedBaron
RedBaron

Jose, I think you're calling the wrong people "a piece of sh**t". Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately?

Ducati999sps
Ducati999sps

I went to school with him at Coral Park and Ozzy and Him were doing roids back then, definitely not "Skinny and unimpressive" him and Ozzy were a-holes in 11th and 12th grade they havn't changed

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

You, Ducati are full of shit. Jose was a strinbean in HS. He started on the Roids in Oakland with horseman and fellow bash brother Mark Mcgwire. Perhaps they seemed like assholes to you because they were popular and you were a nerd.

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

New Times, day after day,article after article, you rag people prove that the only place your paper belongs is at fish markets to be used as Mullet wrappers.

f b
f b

leave Brittney alone! Brittney has a shaved twat and canseco is a twat.. thus the reference

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

What about the fact that he never returned the baseball cards I sent to him in 1990 for him to sign?

Edd Guill
Edd Guill

lol you guys are funny. he sold those cards to smoke weed. what could you expect from him?

irene
irene

i am so glad what your magazine has done. the cancesco brothers have always been trying to go beyond any means to get what they think they deserve. i saw them play high school baseball. no biggie. the city made their egos to high even when they own the famous strip club off of le juene in the mid 1990's. truly they need to grow up and get real jobs like the rest of the world. stop crying rivers when things dont go their way. they are grown men. and stop harrasing women of any age. i am super glad the new times posted his number, i could care less about wasting my time to call them.

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Irene, engage brain before tongue. Canseco's, off Lejune and Ponce in the Gables was owned by Esther Canseco Jose's first whore wife not by the brothers. So you saw them play baseball. No shit Irene!! That was their profession.

f b
f b

you must be great with the ladies...freaking loser defending another loser

Condomina
Condomina

Went to school at Coral Park w/ Jose and Ozzie, they are nice guys. He was a great baseball player for some time. Not in high school. I was one of two sophmores who made the varsity squad, if it wasn't for my knee injury in winter practive I might not be in front of this computer typing this. The other sophmore was George Tortelano. Roids or not you still have to hit a 95miles per hour fastball. Roids only give you power not the ability to hit the ball!

Theo Van Goh
Theo Van Goh

Well, Leila, look on the bright side. You could have hooked up with Luther "PUKE" Campbell.

YAK
YAK

I do believe she might not have known who he was. She is so much younger than him. Also, he once tried picking up a coworker of mine and she also had no idea who he was. They exchanged numbers. When she came back and told me about the older guy named Jose that she met and described him to me, I knew who it was and warned her. He called several times and invited her out to Los Angeles. Thankfully, she never did go out with him. In hindsight, she saved herself ALOT of trouble!

Former US Army
Former US Army

the woman was probably lying when she said she didnt know who he was...come on look at her...guaranteee if she didnt, the rest of her gold digging friends did...she just couldnt wait any longer to get to the end of the rainbow...boo hoo....sorry lady...bet we read about you and your next hook up soon enough...with a bigger wallet....

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

That was brought up while I was writing the story, the argument against it being that there really wasn't much at the end of the rainbow. By Canseco's own admission (on Twitter, no less), the IRS was after him, he lived in a garage and didn't have any money. And there's only so much exposure your modeling career can get making sandwiches for an indie baseball team in Laredo.

Former US Army
Former US Army

I met Jose Canseco years ago...he was with his brother...and I stopped him among a large crowd of folks and asked him for an autograph for my young nephew....I thought for sure he would be upset...concerned that I would cause attention to him....but no...he was polite, courteous, and even wrote a little note to my nephew telling him to do well in school etc...so until you walk in a man shoes you shouldnt judge him.

f b
f b

so an autograph basically justifies wife beating?

Juanparramiami
Juanparramiami

This is so wrong people leave his personal life in peace who cares!!!!!!! what a pice of shit is yahoo's news.

I remember
I remember

Isn't he the guy who ruined it for all of us by charging for an autograph? Players used to be more fan oriented.

Stephan Lottier
Stephan Lottier

i'm a miamian,jose B-is not!he is a crook who sent his brother to a boxing match.yeah assh*le we want to kick him when he's down.i have been trough alot more than jose-B has ever been through!spent all that money-WHAT A F*CKING LOSER!!!!!!!!!

Dontreply
Dontreply

again, after reading a new times news article, i wonder to myself: where is the story? that jose canseco is an asshole? that was last decade's news, fellas.

oh well, you do have all them nifty ads that need clicks...

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Leave the man alone for God's sake. A-Rod,Bonds,Petite,Clemens,and countless others have juiced up yet many idolize them. Yes, he's hit rock bottom. Yes he can sometimes be an asshole. But his ex wife Esther, fucked just about the entire Heat team when they were married and yet she was the victim. His second wife was a coke whore which is why he slapped the shit out of her. Now you idiots want to kick him while he's down. I'm surprised Uncle Puke isn,t accusing him of being a racist. You people suck. The Nat'l Enquirer has nothing on you !

f b
f b

all those guys are in a different level of douchebaggery. Jose takes the cake man when it comes to being the biggest joke in Baseball. Why is the newtimes picking on him? He decides to stay on the public eye. Goes on shows; does interviews.. you do all that, you are fair game. not like the guy is trying to live his life in peace.

'His second wife was a coke whore which is why he slapped the shit out of her."

not cool to hit anybody smaller than you... especially a woman. There is no justification for that. Personally I want this guy bankrupt and in jail like OJ.

thesaneone.
thesaneone.

wasn't he locked up for a while for aggravated battery or assault? Jose, you, sir, are a convict.

 
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