From page SR-7 of the Mitchell Report:
I sent a memorandum to every active player in Major League Baseball encouraging each player to contact me or my staff if he had any relevant information. . . . Through their representative, the players Association, I asked each of them to meet with me so that I could provide them with information about the allegations and give them a chance to respond. Almost without exception they declined to meet or talk with me.
From today’s newspapers:
In a declaration filed in federal court in Houston as part of [Roger] Clemens’ defamation lawsuit against Brian McNamee, assistant U.S. attorney Matthew Parrella said he told McNamee he was not a target of the investigation but could become one if he failed to cooperate.
If McNamee made any false statements to federal investigators or to the law firm hired by baseball to investigate drugs in the sport, Parrella said he could face prosecution.
Ask yourself: if you were asked to voluntarily come in and talk about your coworkers’ conduct to a private law firm hired by a business association to which your employer belonged, and knew ahead of time that you would face federal prosecution if they believed that you were not being truthful, would you do it?
I sure wouldn’t, and I bet George Mitchell wouldn’t let any of his clients do it either. So forgive me if the above statement he made his report doesn’t cause me to be outraged at the players, which I’m sure is what he intended.