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Mitchell Report
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 04 January 2008 12:30

Roger ClemensRoger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Brian McNamee, all of whom are key persons within the Mitchell Report have been asked to testify before the House Oversight Committee . As reported by The AP:

Also invited to appear before the House Oversight Committee were former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, whose allegations were a central part of last month's Mitchell report on doping in baseball. Former All-Star second baseman Chuck Knoblauch also was asked to speak to the panel.

A day earlier, the committee is to hear testimony from baseball commissioner Bud Selig, union leader Donald Fehr and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell.

Andy PettiteAs a former MLB trainer, McNamee has claimed in interviews with Mitchell’s investigation team that he injected performance-enhancing substances into both Clemens and Pettitte. An interview between Mike Wallace and Clemens is scheduled to air this Sunday on 60 Minutes where Clemens will claim that any injections by McNamee were vitamin B12 and Lidocaine, and not PEDs. In response, McNamee’s lawyer has threatened to sue Clemens if he makes claims that McNamee is lying. Pettitte, on the other hand, has admitted to using HGH twice in 2002 to address an elbow injury. HGH was not a banned substance by MLB until 2004.

The hearings will most assuredly harken back to early 2005 when Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling and Frank Thomas testified before Congress. Those hearings will be mostly remembered for McGwire saying he, “I'm not here to talk about the past,” and Palmeiro pointing a finger to add emphasis before saying, “"I have never used steroids. Period.”

Maury Brown

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