A former second baseman in Major League Baseball, Chuck Knoblauch, was subpoenaed by House Government Reform Committee to testify about the usage of steroids while leading a professional life.
This was a forced manner because Knoblauch failed to respond to the invitation to participate voluntarily in a deposition or transcribed interview prior to the Feb. 13 hearing.
In December of 2007, Knoblauch was included in the Mitchell Report in which it was alleged that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. In the Mitchell report, Brian McNamee alleges that he procured Human Growth Hormone (HGH) from Kirk Radomski for Knoblauch in 2001 when he served as the New York Yankees assistant strength coach. McNamee alleges that during the season, he injected Knoblauch 7 to 9 times with HGH. McNamee states that Knoblauch paid Radomski for the drugs through him or Jason Grimsley, and also believed that Knoblauch obtained HGH from Grimsley. Knoblauch did not respond to a request to meet with the Mitchell investigators to discuss the allegations.
On January 11, 2008 , Knoblauch made his first public statement about his inclusion in the Mitchell Report. As he has been retired for 5 years, he expressed "bewilderment at his inclusion" in the report and stated that "I have nothing to defend and I have nothing to hide at the same time."
On December 20, 2007 Knoblauch was also named in Jason Grimsley's unsealed affidavit as a user of HGH. Knoblauch and Grimsley were teammates on the 1999-2000 New York Yankees.
Radomski has pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and laundering money. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.
On January 11, 2008, the New York Times published a rare look at Chuck Knoblauch's post-baseball life. The article painted Knoblauch's outlook on baseball and The Mitchell Report as being apathetic. Chuck Knoblauch owned a condominium in Houston, and a house in the Houston area, and was not interested in returning to professional baseball in any capacity.
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