Davis: 'I think we did our job'
On March 17, 2005, the House Committee on Government Reform held hearings on steroid abuse in major league baseball -- and held some of the game's top players and leaders to account. One year later, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., who chaired the hearings, reflects on their results with ESPN.com senior writer John Helyar.
|STEROIDS: ONE YEAR AFTER|
Here's more on the wake, one year later, left by the House Committee on Government Reform's hearings on steroids in baseball:|
• Rep. Tom Davis: Questions and answers
• One Year Later: Curt Schilling and Frank Thomas
• One Year Later: Rafael Palmeiro
• One Year Later: Sammy Sosa
• One Year Later: Mark McGwire
• One Year Later: Jose Canseco
• Looking back on the event
• SportsNation: Who will survive?
• Chat wrap: Jerry Crasnick
Q. Could the hearings have had even more of an impact than they did if you'd had Bonds on the Hill?A. Well, yeah, but remember, our goal wasn't to ruin careers. Our goal was not to try and trip him up. It was to highlight a problem, and we did. And given the fact they had an ongoing investigation, it was not appropriate to call him. Q. Were even you, at the center of this, surprised at some of the things that were said at these hearings and the uproar that ensued? Did it exceed what you thought might transpire? A. I didn't know what to expect when we went into it. I didn't know how it would turn out. We were surprised when baseball produced their written policy, and it was nothing like what they had said it was. We were more shocked when Rafael Palmeiro tested positive. Before you get into an investigation, you don't know what's going to happen with it. The good news out of this is that baseball changed its policy. When we started this, it looked like baseball had a policy: They weren't going to change it; it was none of our business; and there was a lot of resistance. And there were a lot of commentators who said we had no business doing this kind of thing. We had no idea how it would turn out, but we believed deep down this was the right thing to do.