New York Yankees pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are the most prominent players identified as users of performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report, which was released yesterday.
The most stunning aspect of the report, which was completed by former Sen. George Mitchell, is the great detail with which he goes into Clemens' past, based on eyewitness testimony by the pitcher's longtime trainer, Brian McNamee. Considering how quickly public opinion turned against slugger Mark McGwire, Clemens' Hall of Fame status could be in question.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, vehemently denied the allegations in Mitchell's report through his attorney, Rusty Hardin.
"The use of steroids in sports is a serious problem, it is wrong and it should be stopped," Hardin said in a statement. "However, I am extremely upset that Roger's name was in this report based on the allegations of a troubled and unreliable witness who only came up with names after being threatened with possible prison time."
Pettitte declined to comment, but his agent, Randy Hendricks, issued a statement.
"I advised Andy that as an active player, he should refrain from commenting until we have had an opportunity to speak with his union and other advisers," Hendricks said. "At the appropriate time, he will have something to say."
Seventeen past and present Yankees are on the list. Former Yankees Kevin Brown, Mike Stanton, Rondell White, Glenallen Hill, Chuck Knoblauch and David Justice are among those implicated in the report.
The main sources for Mitchell's information are former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski and McNamee, the former Yankees strength coach and longtime trainer of Clemens and Pettitte who was threatened by the government with litigation for his role if he did not cooperate with Mitchell.
After Mitchell detailed each player's steroid use, he stated how he tried to contact them so they could explain, defend or deny the charges, but no active player except the Yankees' Jason Giambi spoke with Mitchell. At his news conference yesterday, Mitchell said, "The players were largely uncooperative, for reasons that were largely understandable."
McNamee told Mitchell that Clemens took performance-enhancing drugs during the 1998Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun