The US House of Representatives will hold hearing on steroid and PED use in sports beginning January 15. New York baseball teams appear to be supplying many of the invited guests. From the Mets comes Kirk Radomski. The New York Yankees send over Andy Pettitte, Brian McNamee, and Roger Clemens. Should be fun.
Or not, as Clemens and McNamee are currently carrying on a media war about what and when NcNamee injected into Mr. Clemens. Steroids? HGH? B-12? Lidocaine? Will Congress be interested in what substance lurked in the syringe?
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young award winner, and trainer Brian McNamee to appear at a hearing Jan. 16 on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chuck Knoblauch and former clubhouse assistant Kirk Radomski have also been asked to testify.
The committee is reviewing former Senator George Mitchell's report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. The report claimed that major league players and management ignored drug use in the game and said All-Stars such as Clemens, Pettitte and Miguel Tejada used steroids or human growth hormone.
Rusty Hardin, a lawyer for Clemens, said the pitcher welcomes the committee's interest in the issue.
``Roger is willing to answer questions, including those posed to him while under oath,'' Hardin said in an e-mailed statement. ``We hope to determine shortly if schedules and other commitments can accommodate the committee on that date.''
The House committee will hold a related hearing on Jan. 15 to get testimony from Mitchell, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said panel spokeswoman Karen Lightfoot.
The situation looks to be heating up for MLB players and executives. What if Clemens doesn't RSVP his invitation? (Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens, who denies claims he used steroids, was asked on Friday to testify before a U.S. congressional panel investigating use of performance-enhancing drugs.
There was no immediate word whether the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would subpoena Clemens if he refused to appear voluntarily on January 16.