ESPN.com's steroid hearing scorecard

Originally Published: March 17, 2005
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THE STEROID HEARING
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  • Complete steroid coverage
  • More than 11 hours after it began, the House committee hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball finally came to a close Thursday night.

    ESPN.com's Darren Rovell and Wayne Drehs combined to provide wire-to-wire updates on the panelists' testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform in Washington.

    The hearing was divided into four panels. It started with a Hall of Fame pitcher -- Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky) -- and ended with four baseball executives, including commissioner Bud Selig.

    The executives followed six former and current players called to testify, including former major-league slugger Jose Canseco, whose controversial book "Juiced" has accused players of steroid use, including former teammate Mark McGwire.

    Click on the links below for highlights from each panel (all times listed are ET).

    OPENING STATEMENTS
    Committee chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.) made an opening statement. He cited studies that suggest that high school athletes think steroids are less harmful and that the number of high school athletes that have taken steroids has tripled over the last decade.

    Rep. Tom Davis
    Rep. Tom Davis, the House committee chairman, listens as Rep. Henry Waxman, left, speaks during the opening portion of the steroid hearing.

    He also chastised baseball executives for their reluctance to come forward when they were originally issued subpoenas and the appearance that their drug policy was not as clear cut as the public might have believed.

    "I think they misjudged the seriousness of our purpose," Davis said. "I think they misjudged the will of the American public. I think they mistakenly believed we got into this on a whim. We did not. We gave this serious, serious consideration and we have decided that it's time to break the code of silence that has been enveloped the game."

    Davis concluded by saying that "we're in the first inning of what could be an extra inning ball game," and that "the truth needs to come out, however ugly the truth might be."

    10:09 a.m.
    After Davis concludes, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) spoke for 12 minutes, talking about the history of baseball's reluctance to police itself.

    "For 30 years, Major League Baseball has told us to trust them, but the league hasn't honored that trust and it hasn't acted to protect the integrity of baseball or sent the right message to millions of teenagers who idolize ballplayers."

    10:21 a.m.
    Two speeches are made, one by Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and the other by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). Both talk about the danger of steroids.

    Said Cummings: "Despite numerous reports of steroid use by individual ballplayers, the league has not once exercised its authority to investigate allegations of illegal steroid use."