Like Roger Clemens, Jack Cust, the A's designated hitter, former Braves and Yankees star David Justice, and Miguel Tejada, now of the Astros, have denied that they ever used steroids, although their names appear among the 89 in the Report.
"It was a mistake. It was something that quite obviously, you regret now," he added.The Dodgers signed him on Dec. 17, two days later. Pettitte corroborated McNamee's assertions that he had been at least twice injected with HGH on Dec. 16, saying that, "If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize." Pettitte later reiterated the same assessment in a deposition taken by the House Committee. Knoblauch also admitted his own use for the first time in his recorded interview before Committee attorneys. Santangelo, another player whose career ran through the San Francisco clubhouse, and now works as a commentator on Sacramento's KHTK Radio, had to face the music of his own listening audience on Dec. 14 -- the day after the Report came out. Santangelo, who had been hyper-critical on the air about players using performance-enhancing drugs, was fingered for using HGH. He was bombarded by callers who called him a liar and said he should resign. "I don't want to be this out-front crusader guy," Santangelo said. "I did something absolutely wrong. I shouldn't be made a hero. I made a bad decision against everything I believe." The station backed him and he's still on the air. Vina, an ESPN analyst and middle infielder for five teams, said on Dec. 18 that he had used HGH in 2003 when he was with the Cardinals and trying to recover from knee and hamstring injuries. The Mitchell Report stipulates that Vina purchased HGH and steroids six to eight times from 2000 to 2005. Vina denied, though, that he ever used steroids. "I tried everything rehabbing," he said. "I came to a point that I was desperate. For me, it was to try to get back on the field. That was the bottom line. Was it right? No. Obviously, it was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it." Roberts issued a lengthy formal statement of apology on Dec. 18, saying that he had used HGH only once, corroborating the information in the Report. "In 2003, when I took one shot of steroids, I immediately realized that this was not what I stood for or anything that I wanted to continue doing," he said. "I never used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drugs prior to or since that single incident. I am very sorry and I deeply regret ever making that terrible decision. My only hope and prayer is that the Orioles, my family, friends and fans that have supported me so faithfully will forgive me."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.