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Pettitte admits to HGH use

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

Statement of Andy Pettitte issued through Randy Hendricks

First, I would like to say that contrary to media reports, I have never used steroids. I have no idea why the media would say that I have used steroids, but they  have done so repeatedly. This is hurtful to me and my family.

In 2002 I was injured. I had heard that human growth hormone could promote faster healing for my elbow.  I felt an obligation to get back to my team as soon as possible.  For this reason, and only this reason, for two days I tried human growth hormone. Though it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing, so I stopped. This is it – two days out of my life; two days out of my entire career, when I was injured and on the disabled list.

If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize. I accept responsibility for those two days.  Everything else written or said about me knowingly using illegal drugs is nonsense, wrong and hurtful. I have the utmost respect for baseball and have always tried to live my life in a way that would be honorable. I wasn’t looking for an edge; I was looking to heal.

If I have let down people that care about me, I am sorry, but I hope that you will listen to me carefully and understand that two days of perhaps bad judgment should not ruin a lifetime of hard work and dedication. I have tried to do things the right way my entire life, and, again, ask that you put those two days in the proper context.  People that know me will know that what I say is true.





61 Responses to “Pettitte admits to HGH use”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 15th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Pete–You may want to adjust the formatting of the post =)

    Pettitte did the best thing he could do–act as a man and admit it. Now, hopefully, he will be able to move forward.

    Now, if only Clemens could do the same…

  2. Phil December 15th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    I tend to believe Pettitte.

  3. 56Bomber December 15th, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Why is he being called out and being forced to apologize for doing something that was not illegal at the time? HGH was not banned by MLB until 2005.

  4. MRP December 15th, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Nice to see Pettitte admit his fault. If we could simply get all the players who are STILL flying under the radar to admit their usage (fault), we could move on from the name game and actually get down to solving the problem…I know, it’s never going to happen.

  5. bartap December 15th, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    That sure sounds sincere and honest to me.

  6. Potch December 15th, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    In my eyes, Andy gets a pass.

  7. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! December 15th, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I forgive Andy.

  8. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") & dammit SAVE HUGHES !!! December 15th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    if there is one guy that I do believe it’s Andy Pettitte

  9. Jeb December 15th, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Keep your chin up, Andy!

    Senator conflict of interest cared so much about his report that he found no current red sox to name in the report.

  10. Joe from Long Island December 15th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Andy does not strike me as a drug user/abuser.

    I am willing to accept his statement at face value.

    Forgive, and move on. It is, afterall, the Christmas season.

  11. Phil December 15th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    HGH wasn’t banned by baseball when he was injected. He really has nothing for which to apologize.

  12. mary ellen December 15th, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Pettitte is one of the good guys and it would be a shame to lump him in with the abusers – this is why I have a huge problem with the names being published in the Mitchell Report – there is no distinction made by the general public when they hear these players are included in an investigation of steriods. It’s a pity. Even the sports reporters are erroneous – just heard Bruce Beck make the comment that Andy Pettitte admitted to using “steroids” – and considering NBC put out a bogus list of players prior to the release of the official report, you’d think they would try to get it right from now on!

  13. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I really have no more complaints about players using HGH than I do with them getting cortizone shots for injuries, only. The one thing I would change would be that the injuries be verified by at least two doctors in each major league city that are contracted by MLB and not by team doctors and especially not by trainers. MLB is informed of said injuries, the player must then be put on the 15 or 60 day DL. This would eliminate the abuse by getting shots inbetween starts that would promote in between start healing (which may affect or increase pitching performance). Players would also be required to sign a waiver that permits the taking of blood to be tested.

    Cortizone shots may be administered by team doctors and not trainers, but, still must be approved by MLB.

  14. stuart December 15th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I heard HGH is similar to Cortisone is that accurate????

    Yeah ANdy is some big criminal based on ESPN and other nonsense… I would bet my life Andy’s statement is true…….

  15. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") & dammit SAVE HUGHES !!! December 15th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    T-minus 45 minutes till Jason Kidd runs wild in Manhattan :(

  16. Jay Yankees December 15th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I love Pettite for coming out and admitting it from his heart instead of using a lawyer and being politically correct and worried about “legal” ramifications.

    I still have all my respect and admiration for him.

    As more players come out and admit guilt this will validate the Mitchell Report and once all of baseball apologizes (from the Commish to the owners to the players) THEN we will move forward. The Game is still bigger than all of this.

    Clemens should be next to apologize and ask forgiveness…but I don’t think he ever will.

  17. stuart December 15th, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    yeah and nomar, sosa, mcgwire and about 150 other guys not in the report should apologize!!!!!!!!

    It will never happen and that is why the report is a joke and mitchell is a joke……..

  18. VOIII December 15th, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Like I said before, Andy’s use of HGH was in no way cheating it’s called Medicine. 2 to 4 shots of HGH is not going to enhance anyone’s performance.The Media’s tar and feather act has gone way overboard. Andy did not need to apologize for trying to heal and get back to work.

  19. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I still love Andy immesurably and I forgive him for making one bad decision five years ago. I’m glad he did the right thing, as he almost always does, and manned up to his misdeeds. He is a hell of a guy and remains one of my all-time favorite Yankees.

    I agree with Mary Ellen that most of the general public is, sadly, too wilfully ignorant to distinguish levels of involvement with this stuff. They hear the names on the report and automatically equate everyone on the list to Bonds. But this is where it’s our job as Yankee fans to stand up and counteract that, and support Andy.

  20. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Cortizone is a steroid, that overtime affects the joints/ HGH, if continually used can and will promote the speed and growth of new cells. Unfornuately this includes dormant cancer cells. It also caused things like kidney problems and enlarged hearts. That’s basically the down and dirty.

  21. Hank December 15th, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    I love Andy to but one problem/question. While he is correct that it was not on MLB’s list, neither were steroids I bleive, in 2002 they were illegal to use with a doctor’s prescription. If he is basically admitting to what was said in the Mitchell Report he had Macnamee administer them. Why? You have to ask yourself questions if you are obtaining the HGH in such a manner. Why not go to a doctor?

  22. stuart December 15th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    VOIIII your comments how why this report is a smear and a joke…

    Brady ANderson, Luis Gonzalez, Pudge roriguez, really anyone doubt for 1 second these guys are roid freaks?????

    Where are there names???How about NOMAH?? ANy question he is a roid freak, look at his picture on the cover of sports Illustratd….They get off scott free and Pettitte has to deal with this crap…..

  23. Kevin December 15th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    stuart, hgh and cortisone are not even close to being similar. on another note, with pettitte’s addmission, we can pretty much guarantee that the report is true and that roger did in fact do steroids. i wasn’t so sure about the validity of the report until now.

  24. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") & dammit SAVE HUGHES !!! December 15th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I’m going to say it again the baseball world is going to go crazy when David Ortiz is caught …guaranteed

  25. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    **Unfortunately** **dormant**

  26. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 15th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    That we all seem to be behind Pettitte is very, very encouraging

  27. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Oh and if Bruce Beck said that he admitted to taking steroids then Andy should sue his ass! F all this slander BS. I will be damned if I’m gonna let anyone lump him together with scum like Bonds and McGwire!!

  28. Vince December 15th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Andy Pettitte deserves the support of every Yankee fan and teammate. Many other players should follow his lead and stay off the path of denial.

  29. Say it ain't so December 15th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Good for him. I’m so proud of him for admitting it and also for telling off these idiots that keep saying he’s a steroid-user.

    I don’t think he had a thing to apologize for, but it’s a testament to the person he is that he was compelled to tell the truth, no matter what kind of affect it has on his best friend or anyone else in the report.

  30. stuart December 15th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Kevin are HGH and cortisone used for the same purpose???

    Why would Cortisone be legal? ISn’t it a drug that helps improve and expedite the healing process?


  31. Kevin P December 15th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Nice job by Andy IMNSHO. He didn’t use a banned substance and even then reports of him using it was when he injured his elbow were confirmed.

    IF a player was using steroids on a regular basis and not for injury related purposes than I can see people having a problem with it, but in this case it’s pretty much a non-issue.

    Yeah I’m a Yankee fan so consider the source. But I still don’t really give a rats patoot about this whole “media induced scandal”.

    It one team or a pocket of the “elite players” were using it and it gave them an obvious “edge” than it’s a big deal.

    But we all know multiple players on each team every year are doing something to get that edge, whether legal, illegal or on the “fringe”.

    Have a good testing policy and players/management don’t stick their head in the sand everything should be fine moving forward.

    I’m still buying the Extra Innings package and Yankee paraphenalia regardless of who was shoving needles into their glutius maximus :-)

  32. Stan December 15th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Can someone explain to me why people are forgiving Pettitte? There was nothing he did wrong. He did not break a law. He did not break a rule. He did his best to come back to the team.

    What “fault” has Pettitte committed?

  33. Rich December 15th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Andy Pettitte is a f*cking man. I wish more players were as honest and forthright about their drug use.

  34. eric in queens December 15th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Andy is a class act.

  35. Drive 4-5 December 15th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Take THAT, Senator McCarthy/Mitchell!!

    Good for Andy. His statement was perfect.

  36. dennis strohmeyer December 15th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for wasting my time with an insincere p.r. move andy. Does ANYONE doubt the validity of the mitchell report now? Andy, I defended you while arguing with all of my red sox friends and you broke my heart!!! I am giving all of my yankee apparel to the salvaton army tomorrow.

  37. Thrillington December 15th, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Good for Andy, exactly what I would expect from him.

    Now Andy, have a wonderful holiday, and a happy and healthy 2008.

    And GreenBeret, I agree with you, I actually have no problem with the context in which this first use happened and also tend to liken it to a cortisone treatment.

  38. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Reading through his statement again, I almost got choked up at this part:

    “If I have let down people that care about me, I am sorry, but I hope that you will listen to me carefully and understand that *two days of perhaps bad judgment should not ruin a lifetime of hard work and dedication.*”

    He’s right, it shouldn’t, and it doesn’t for me. My vault of treasured memories of the greatness that is Andy still remains just that, treasured. And he hasn’t let me down one bit, if anything I now admire him more for his honesty and forthrightness. He has way more integrity than the conflict of interest asshat that decided to throw his name around, that’s for sure.

    “People that know me will know that what I say is true”

    You got that right, Andy.

  39. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Dennis, I’m sorry to hear that, but if you are willing to give up on Andy so easily, then don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

  40. Paul V December 15th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Give up your Yankee apparel and don’t post here any more.

    This report was a disgrace in that it fingered about 1 percent of all players who may have used steroids. It was completely not evenhanded and verges on McCarthyism. I don’t doubt some of its findings, even most of its findings. What I have a problem with is that the investigation so slipshod and riddled with holes that only the two NY teams got screwed. If you are going to destroy careers, make it uniform, you idiots, or shut up.

  41. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Stuart, cortizone is a prescription that can be obtained from any pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription. Usually it comes in a creme to reduce swelling and pain. It can also be gotten and injected by a doctor. Too many shots will cause joint and tissue damage.

  42. Florida Yank December 15th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    The spineless Commissioner of Baseball should hang his head in shame for ever allowing a botched up, full of holes report take a decent man of values and tarnish his good name. Known and well documented names were left off the so-called “list” yet a man that has represented the game with decency gets scorched.
    Many have to look at themselves in a mirror but certainly not Andy Pettitte.

  43. Fran December 15th, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    I am glad that Andy took responsibility for his actions. With Andy now giving validity to McNamee’s testimony in the Mitchell report, I think Roger Clemens needs to admit his steroid use.

  44. Jenn December 15th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    If anyone runs into Andy on the street, let him know that I support him 100% and I hope that the majority if not all Yankee fans will do the same. He’s the man. It’ll be interesting to see what Clemens says. We have a nor’easter coming tomorrow… it’s going to be a long day inside without baseball to watch!

  45. Anthony December 15th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Green Beret, is it possible that Lester’s cancer was a result of HGH? Or does it only cause certain types of cancer?

  46. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    You have to wonder how this will affect Pettitte’s relationship with Clemens, whether he discussed what he was going to say with Clemens, and most of all, whether Pettitte knew or knows whether Clemens used steroids.

  47. joe b December 15th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    BBB…He did it and he admitted he did it. Why didn’t he come out sooner. If he didn’t come back to the Yankees, most Yankee fans would want him thrown out of baseball. Bonds hasn’t failed any sanctioned drug test. And if he did do it as everyone suspect he did. It wasn’t illegal at the time. Eat your own words Yankee fans. You guys had the most players on the list. So now here come all the excuses. The Russians were doping in the 50s. So who is to say some earlier stars weren’t. Everyone wants an edge.

  48. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Doubtful, Anthony. I think he had non-lymphatic Hodgkins,but, not sure. A lot of people have dormant cancer cells and it never kicks in. I’ve had two bouts with cancer in the last three years and I’m undergoing treatment now.

  49. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    “You guys had the most players on the list”

    Are human beings really this ignorant? The only two snitches who contributed to the report were both employed by NY teams, dumbass! Who exactly would you expect to be on the list when BOTH SNITCHES WERE FROM NY?!?!

    “Yankee fans would want him thrown out of baseball.”

    Don’t talk about what Yankee fans would want. Clearly, you don’t even speak our language.

    “Eat your own words Yankee fans. ”

    Or, how bout you eat m…..nevermind.

  50. Save Phil Hughes! December 15th, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    I forgive you Andy. You are still the best.

  51. legions of Yankee fans December 15th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Yes, BBB …… if Yankee envy were a disease, you’d be dead.

  52. New Englan December 15th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    This is just freaking comical. I almost feel bad for him. Almost.

  53. williamnyy December 15th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Dennis…can I have your Pettitte jersey? If anyone thinks experimenting with HGH is any different from taking a sanctioned steroid shot then they are incredibly naive. This story is much ado about nothing…I can’t wait to give Andy a thunderous ovation on Opening Day.

  54. joe b December 15th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    BBB…is that roid rage I’m feeling from you

  55. Kevin December 15th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    The primary function of cortisone is to alleviate pain and suppress inflamation in the short run and break up scar tissue and speed up the healing process in the long term.

    HGH’s main function in the body is to increase muscle mass and lower body fat. While there are other desireable effects, such as helping retain calcuim and helping with immunity (which helps speed the healing process slightly), as you can see, its main use if for increasing muscle mass.

    The fundemental functions of the two drugs are really quite different and cortisone does not have any effect on muscle mass, which is why it is legal. Cortisone helps heal and HGH increases muscle mass while simultaneously assisting with the healing process, although to a lesser degree than cortisone.

  56. Ken Clay stole my identification and credit cards December 15th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Pettitte should be banned from baseball for one year.

  57. Mike December 15th, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, Andy Pettitte! You screwed up by cheating, but it’s all okay now because you apologized! All is forgiven! You’re a Real American Hero, Andy! I proclaim this…Andy Pettitte Day! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

  58. sharp shooter December 15th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    I personally believe Andy. I’m halfway through the report and that’s where Roger and Andy’s story starts. What Andy has alluded to is spot on in the report.

    Please read how chummy Clemens and Conseco were in Toronto in 1998.I really like Clemens but this report on his involvement is too close for comfort.start reading the report at page 215 it’s too detailed to not hae SOME truth.

    I never could understand the giants fans that inspite of all the facts about Bonds they chose to be blind and didn’t want to accept the truth.Yankees fans are smarter.WE love Roger but did he Juice? If He walks like a duck and quacks like one too….Say it ain’t so Roger and soon and not through a lawyer!!!

  59. dennis strohmeyer December 15th, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    williamnyy its a clemens jersey!

  60. Frank Discussion December 15th, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Pettitte did the right thing, my respect for him has only increased. He’s a class act all the way and he should be, OOPS, damn, just spilled my iced tea, good thing I have my extra absorbent copy of the Mitchell Report to soak this mess up.

  61. J-Dawg December 19th, 2007 at 1:43 am


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