Don’t look for Roger Clemens, or any other players to testify before Congress when the House Government Reform Committee holds hearings on performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball on January 15th. Commissioner Selig, Donald Fehr, and former Senator George Mitchell, whose report sparked calls for hearings, to testify. As reported by USA Today:
"We don't want to turn this into a circus," [Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.)] said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "We just want to know what Major League Baseball plans to do about their problems. We understand the collective bargaining agreement complicates matters, but we'd like to see if they agree with Sen. Mitchell's recommendations, and move on."
"If players believe they are wrongfully accused in the report," Davis said, "they are welcome to volunteer and we'll take it under consideration. But as I understand it, all these players had a chance to cooperate (with Mitchell), and everyone declined to cooperate.
"So, to an extent, that's what they get."
If players were to agree to testify at the hearings, they would be doing so under oath, and therefore, the possibility of criminal charges could be levied against them if they were found to be lying at the time.
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