Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Congressional Hearing Day!

The depositions are beginning to leak out. Andy Pettitte admitting to - aside from using HGH for two days to recover from elbow issues in 2002 - he also used HGH once before elbow surgery was necessary in 2004. The HGH was supplied by his father. Pettitte's deposition also confirmed conversations with Roger Clemens in which the Rocket admitted use of Human Growth Hormone nearly a decade ago.

Essentially, it appears Pettitte used HGH on two different occasions for the sole purpose of recovering from injury - and not to enhance performance on a regular basis. Pettitte's decision was a mistake, however, his limited use [three days total] speaks to his degree of use. Considering Pettitte admitted conversations with Clemens and implicated himself as well, it is hard not to take Pettitte's testimony as fact.

Roger Clemens told Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte nearly 10 years ago that he used human growth hormone, Pettitte said in a sworn affidavit to Congress, the Associated Press learned Tuesday.

Pettitte disclosed the conversation to the congressional committee holding Wednesday’s hearings on drug use in baseball, a person familiar with the affidavit said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the document had not been made public.

According to the person familiar with the affidavit, who said it was signed Friday night, Pettitte also said Clemens backtracked when the subject of HGH came up again in conversation in 2005, before the same House committee held the first hearing on steroids in baseball.

Pettitte said in the affidavit that he asked Clemens in 2005 what he would do if asked by the media about HGH, given his admission years earlier. According to the account told to the AP, the affidavit said Clemens responded by saying Pettitte misunderstood the previous exchange in 1999 or 2000 and that, in fact, Clemens had been talking about HGH use by his wife in the original conversation.

Andy Pettitte has admitted to also using human growth hormone in 2004, saying it was supplied to him that time by his father, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.

After the Mitchell Report was released, Pettitte said he used HGH for two days in 2002. Last week, Pettitte was asked to discuss drug use in both a deposition and affidavit before a congressional committee.

“In that affidavit, Andy informed the committee that in addition to the two shots a day of HGH he took for two days in 2002, he also took HGH for a one-day period in 2004, shortly preceding season-ending elbow surgery,” his lawyer, Jay Reisinger, said in a statement.

God bless America. The people who are implying Clemens will be charged and convicted with perjury, that is not a threat. Unless a smoking gun surfaces - like physical evidence - regardless of how many people testify, the conflict remains a "he said, she said" scenario. Therefore, there is not enough evidence to supply perjury charges.

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