Mitchell Report Delivers Bonds, Clemens, Tejada

Ex-senators faults players, management; urges independent tests
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 1:55 PM CST
Former senator George Mitchell delivers his remarks at the beginning of a New York news conference, Thursday Dec. 13, 2007, about his report on the illegal use of steroids in baseball. (AP Photo/Richard...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – George Mitchell’s long-awaited report on steroids in baseball dropped today, and it blamed both players and management for what it said could be the sport's biggest challenge since the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Every club had a player involved; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada were among inclusions. The ex-senator's report found some players had warning from higher-ups about tests.

Mitchell recommended creating an investigations department and consulting an independent authority for future tests, ESPN reports. He advised punishing previous offenses only for conduct “so serious that discipline is necessary to maintain the integrity of the game.” As expected, key informants were a Mets attendant and a Yankees trainer; receipts and money orders for anabolic steroids were obtained for proof.