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A-Rod Admission: Congress Not Expected To Seek His Testimony
Published February 11, 2009
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SHOULD A-ROD GO TO WASHINGTON? SPORTINGNEWS.com's Mike Florio noted while a "five-year statute of limitations for non-capital federal offenses likely will shield Rodriguez from prosecution" for his admitted use, the U.S. government "should cram the same microscope into his nether regions that it has applied" to players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Astros SS Miguel Tejada. Those three "each face jail time not for using steroids, but for lying about their use," and while "telling tales to Katie Couric doesn't carry the same consequences as committing perjury, the feds should promptly launch an investigation regarding Rodriguez's dalliance with illegal drugs" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 2/10). Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said MLB "has to take steps and go to Congress … and reopen hearings, call more players. Let’s find out more about how we can prevent this." But ESPN's Michael Smith said, "I don’t want to see a single second of Congress’ time spent on anything other than fixing this country" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 2/10). ESPN’s Mike Greenberg: “Congress got into this for the right reasons and they should avoid A-Rod for exactly those reasons. ... They need to go worry about other things and not drag A-Rod down there just so that everybody gets a photo op” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 2/11). WAXY-AM’s Dan Le Batard: “I want Congress away from the games. ... I don't want them anywhere near this.” ESPN’s Michael Wilbon: “I’m OK when there’s a larger investigation, when there’s a larger mission. But just to look into Alex Rodriguez, no! I’m not for that at anytime” ("PTI," ESPN, 2/10).
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