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Baseball Officials Testify on Steroid Use in Sport

At a House hearing Tuesday to discuss the recent report by former Sen. George Mitchell on the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Players Union Chief Donald Fehr pledged to improve safegaurds against steroid abuse in the sport.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now, leaders of Major League Baseball tell Congress about the steroids era. Judy Woodruff has our report.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Baseball's top officials came to Capitol Hill today to discuss the findings of a report from former Senator George Mitchell that laid out the wide use of steroids in the game.

    But before Mitchell even began his testimony, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Henry Waxman announced a surprise of his own.

    The committee asked the Justice Department to investigate whether shortstop Miguel Tejada lied to the panel in 2005 when it was conducting its own investigation into steroid use.

    REP. HENRY WAXMAN (D), California: Mr. Tejada told the committee that he never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and that he had no knowledge of other players using or even taking or talking about steroids.

    Well, the Mitchell report, however, directly contradicts key elements of Mr. Tejada's testimony. The conflict is stark and fundamental to the committee's 2005 investigation.

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