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Congressman balks at having players testify in MLB doping hearings

Congressman balks at having players testify in MLB doping hearings

A member of a U.S. congressional panel investigating doping in Major League Baseball believes there's little to be gained by having players testify at next month's hearings.
"If we went back to every player, we would have to do research every morning, noon and night," Rep. Christopher Shays told The Associated Press on Thursday. "There's no way in my judgment we're going to be able to focus on the past. Only a real court can do that."
The House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing featuring former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, author of the recent report linking more than 80 baseball players, to steroids and other performance enhancers. Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB players union leader Donald Fehr are to attend.
Rep. Stephen Lynch, who serves on the panel, said no players were expected to appear then. The Democrat said the committee was not ruling out the possibility of asking players to testify in the future if a "compelling reason" were to emerge.
"We haven't closed that door," he said.
Shays wants to focus on finding the best way to rid MLB of doping. The Republican said the sport's leadership deserves the brunt of the blame.
"Part of it is that Major League Baseball has been incredibly passive on this issue to the point of condoning it," he said. "And so, who do I think is mostly at fault? The commissioner, frankly, for tolerating it and for not having the guts to step up and say we need changes and if you don't agree with me, then find someone else to run this corrupt process."


Updated : 2021-05-15 02:16 GMT+08:00