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Breaking down Pettitte’s statement

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 15, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

While it’s commendable that Andy Pettitte has admitted to using human growth hormone, his statement leaves a lot to be desired.

Pettitte says:

If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize. It was a crime. It’s illegal in this country to have HGH without a prescription. That’s an error in judgment.

I wasn’t looking for an edge; I was looking to heal. Healing faster via the use of human growth hormone is certainly an edge. If you’re using HGH, you have an edge over an injured player who isn’t using HGH.

Though it was not against baseball rules … Technically, the use of prescription drugs without a prescription has been illegal in baseball since 1971. Baseball also made it clear in the early 1990s that any sort of performance-enhancing drugs were illegal. HGH wasn’t specifically banned in 2002 because it was new drug in baseball circles, but that’s a poor excuse. If your trainer gives you injections of a drug, you know it’s wrong.

Andy is a good guy who apparently made one mistake. I don’t think he should be suspended. But his “apology” seems like more of an excuse. Better to simply admit guilt, apologize and move on.

That said, Yankee fans love the guy and will love his statement. The criticism of the media and the excuses will play well.

This is bad news for Roger Clemens. The Rocket has denied everything. But if Brian McNamee was injecting Pettitte, it’s hard to believe that the trainer wasn’t doing the same for Clemens.

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