Knoblauch Testifies on HGH

Former Yankee seems to admit substance use, but obliquely
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2008 7:53 AM CST
New York Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch winds up for a throw during a spring training workout in this Feb. 15, 2001 file photo at Legends Field, in Tampa, Fla. Knoblauch is being subpoenaed by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Leaving his closed-door session with the House oversight committee yesterday, Chuck Knoblauch offered only enigmatic answers about his use of human growth hormone, the AP reports. With wife and toddler in tow, the former Yankee smiled and said, "It is what it is." Though he didn't respond to the committee's invitation to testify until he was subpoenaed, he lauded the investigation yesterday, saying he wanted to teach his son, "If you do something in life, be prepared to talk about it open and honestly."

Asked whether he answered questions about other players, he said, "I only know about myself." Knoblauch was one of the Yankees named by trainer Brian McNamee in the Mitchell Report, along with Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens. The American League's Rookie of the Year in 1991, Knoblauch had suffered a weakening of his throw by 2001, when McNamee says he injected the infielder seven to nine times. He retired the following year, at age 34.