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Mitchell Report
Written by Dave Rouleau   
Monday, 11 February 2008 19:31

Andy PettitteThe Clemens saga took another strange turn today when former teammate and friend Andy Pettitte asked to be excused from the hearings next Wednesday, reports The New York Times.  It is said that he wants out of the procedure, because he doesn’t want to hurt Roger Clemens while on national television, a demand that is supported by the chairman of the committee.

The chairman, Democrat Henry A. Waxman of California, wants to take Pettitte off the witness list but he is consulting with Republican members of the panel first, said the person, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Two other people familiar with the case said it is also possible that Clemens and his accuser, the former trainer Brian McNamee, may be the only witnesses who will ultimately testify on Wednesday.

Pettitte asked out of public testimony because he did not want to say something to hurt his friend and former teammate while in the glare of national television coverage, according to a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There has been no final decision on Pettitte's request, the official said. A final witness list may be released shortly.

Following his deposition last week to congressional investigators, he looked shaken and it is widely believed that he gave testimony against Clemens.  His testimony, even if he is not present, could be used by the 41 committee members to question both Clemens and McNamee this week.

The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown and Dave Rouleau will be blogging live during the hearing Wednesday, so come back then for full coverage and witness history being written as it happens.

Dave Rouleau is a staff writer for the Business of Sports Network, where he covers baseball and hockey on The Biz of Baseball and The Biz of Hockey. He also can be found on Baseball Digest Daily, Inside the Dome (Scout.com), and Seamheads.com. His contact info can be found on the Authors Profiles.


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