Steroids Aftermath: What Do Players Do Now?

A day after the release of the Mitchell Report, which named more than 80 current and former Major League Baseball players as alleged steroid users, some are wondering what legal recourse they have after being judged in the court of public opinion for the past 24 hours. Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports.

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It didn't take long for Roger Clemens to fire back at the Mitchell report as he strongly denied ever using performance enhancing drugs, through is attorney Rusty Hardin, who said the former pitcher had not had a chance to defend himself. But Rice University professor of sports management Jason Sosa says all the players in the report had the opportunity to answer questions before the
news came out.

"They had opportunity to meet with Mr. Mitchell. They were sent letters saying that you are an alleged user or we have documentation of you purchasing through receipts or through check stubs of these performance enhancing drugs. They had their time to come meet with Mr. Mitchell with attorneys present, but they declined to do so. So now that it's out in the open it's going to be a little more difficult for them to fight and if they do fight it, the litigation is going to take a while."    

A representative for former Astro Andy Pettitte, who was also named in the Mitchell report, says he's advised the Houston native to stay quiet about the issue right now. Meanwhile, Sosa says baseball would do itself a favor to take Mitchell's advice.

"Some of the recommendations can be taken on solely by the commissioner Bud Selig himself, but the rest will have to be negotiated through the players union or the players association but it's a positive having this report come out in public. Most folks are just interested in the names but I think those in the business of baseball should be more interested in how to make baseball better."  

In his report, Mitchell advised baseball against punishing the players named in his report, but commissioner Bud Selig has said baseball will look at each case on an individual basis.      

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Jack Williams

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...