Waxman Decides Steroid Line Up
Reporters everywhere are sharpening their best baseball metaphors for Feb. 13 when ace pitcher Roger Clemens responds to allegations of steroid use before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In the meantime committee chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) has been arranging and rearranging times for Clemens and other essential Mitchell Report characters to provide sworn depositions. Here is the latest line-up:
** Andy Petite, January 30th.** Petite was teammates with Clemens at the Yankees and, according to the report, received performance enhancing drugs from trainer Brian McNamee. Petite says the accusations are true.
** Clemens, February 5th. **The Yankees pitcher will presumably deny accusations made by McNamee that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. Clemens is the focus of the investigation due to his high profile but also because he is the only player mentioned in George Mitchell’s findings who has explicitly disputed the report.
McNamee, Feb. 7th. McNamee was the key source in Mitchell’s investigation, detailing his clubhouse injections of Clemens and other ballplayers. His interview with committee staff is expected to reiterate the most salacious aspects of the report- and contradict Clemens.
** Kirk Radomski, Tentatively Feb. 1st. **Radomski was a clubhouse employee for the Mets in the 80’s and 90’s who pleaded guilty last spring to a federal grand jury for money laundering and illegally distributing steroids and human growth hormones. He has since cooperated in telling Mitchell just whom has received his drugs
** Chuck Knobaluch, Feb. 13th.** Of the five witnesses called to testify, former Yankee Knoblauch- also implicated by McNamee- is the only one declining to give a sworn deposition. Waxman said he will subpoena Knoblauch to testify under oath at the committee hearing.
If all goes well, Knoblauch will join Clemens, Petite, McNamee and Radomski for what should be an awkward day for Major League Baseball and a ratings bonanza for C-Span.