Pettitte Sorry for Taking HGH

Says he hasn't spoken to Clemens in a month

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2008 6:19 PM CST

(Newser) – Andy Pettitte apologized to fans and teammates today for using human growth hormone, the AP reports. Pettitte said he had not spoken to Roger Clemens, whom he implicated in HGH use in a congressional deposition, in more than a month. “I can't even describe how uncomfortable” the Clemens situation is, said Pettitte.

Pettitte has admitted to using HGH on a total of three days from 2002 to 2004, before its use was banned by baseball, and said he had "no other surprises out there" about drug use. “I did it because I was told it might be able to help me,” he explained. "Was it stupid? Yes, it was stupid. Was I desperate? Yes, I probably was.”

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, arrives at a news conference Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Pettitte, who reported for spring training baseball camp on Monday, answered questions about his use of human growth hormone. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, arrives at a news conference Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Pettitte, who reported for spring training baseball camp on Monday, answered questions...   (Associated Press)
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, right, answers questions during a news conference as manager Joe Girardi looks on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring training baseball camp, four days after pitchers and catchers reported. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, right, answers questions during a news conference as manager Joe Girardi looks on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring...   (Associated Press)
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, left, answers questions during a news conference as general manager Brian Cashman looks on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring training baseball camp, four days after pitchers and catchers reported. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, left, answers questions during a news conference as general manager Brian Cashman looks on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared...   (Associated Press)
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, center, answers questions during a news conference flanked by manager Joe Girardi, left, and general manager Brian Cashman, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring training baseball camp, four days after pitchers and catchers reported. (AP...
New York Yankees Andy Pettitte, center, answers questions during a news conference flanked by manager Joe Girardi, left, and general manager Brian Cashman, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday...   (Associated Press)
New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte answers questions during a news conference Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring training baseball camp, four days after pitchers and catchers reported. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte answers questions during a news conference Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. Monday was the first day Pettitte appeared at spring training baseball camp, four days after...   (Associated Press)
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