Players Won't Testify at Congressional Hearings

Not expected on Jan. 15th, according to new report
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2007 12:13 AM CST
Players Won't Testify at Congressional Hearings
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is interviewed by the Associated Press, in New York Friday Dec. 14, 2007. "Those who have illegally used these substances range from players whose major league careers were brief to potential members of the Baseball Hall of Fame," Mitchell wrote in his...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A newly released report suggests that the only MLB personnel expected at the Jan.15th congressional hearings will be Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, ESPN reported last night. The 86 players named in Senator Mitchell's investigation are likely to be under no obligation to speak before the committee, and Rep. Tom Davis warned that to do so might risk accusations of perjury.

"We don't want to turn this into a circus," said Davis yesterday. "If players believe they are wrongfully accused in the report they are welcome to volunteer and we'll take it under consideration. But as I understand it, all these players had a chance to cooperate, and everyone declined...so to an extent, that's what they get." (Read more MLB stories.)

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