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Knoblauch subpoenaed after he failed to respond to invite

1/22/2008 - MLB

WASHINGTON -- Four-time All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was
subpoenaed Tuesday by a congressional committee investigating
steroids in baseball after he failed to respond to an invitation to
give a deposition.

Knoblauch, who played for the Yankees, Twins and Royals, was
asked to appear Thursday, the first of five depositions or
transcribed interviews scheduled by the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee prior to its Feb. 13 hearing.

Roger Clemens was asked to speak to committee staff Saturday,
followed by Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte on Jan. 30. Brian
McNamee, a former personal trainer for Clemens and Pettitte, is due
in Jan. 31, with former New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk
Radomski asked to appear Feb. 1.

They all had until close of business Tuesday to respond to their
invitations; Knoblauch's deadline was last Friday.

"The committee has taken this step because Mr. Knoblauch failed
to respond to the invitation to participate voluntarily in a
deposition or transcribed interview and the Feb. 13 hearing,"
committee chairman Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis
said in a statement.

As of Tuesday, the House panel had at least made contact, if not
actually scheduled interviews, with all four other witnesses or
their representatives, a senior committee staffer told The
Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity
because staff members were not authorized to discuss details of the
deposition process.

Lawyers for Clemens and McNamee have said their clients will
appear.

"We've been talking. They're not issuing any subpoenas for
Brian," said Richard Emery, one of McNamee's attorneys.

It was not clear whether Knoblauch had retained a lawyer to
represent him.

"I haven't talked to Chuck in a number of years," his last
listed agent with the players' association, Randy Hendricks, wrote
in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Hendricks represents Clemens
and Pettitte.

In last month's Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs
in baseball, McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids and
human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001, accusations the
seven-time Cy Young Award winner has denied. McNamee also alleged
Pettitte used HGH, and Pettitte acknowledged McNamee injected him
twice while the pitcher was recovering from an injury.

McNamee also told Mitchell that he acquired HGH from Radomski
for Knoblauch in 2001 and injected Knoblauch with HGH. Knoblauch
also was among nine players accused of doping in a federal agent's
affidavit citing former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley.

Knoblauch was an infielder who won the AL Rookie of the Year
award with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and played in the majors
until 2002. His time with the Yankees overlapped McNamee's.

All the allegations are for conduct that occurred before
September 2002, when players and owners jointly banned steroids.

McNamee has said he obtained performance-enhancing drugs from
Radomski, who has pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and
laundering money. Radomski's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Also, lawyers for players and owners are trying to arrange a
bargaining session for late next week to discuss recommendations in
the Mitchell report. Mitchell suggested that drug testing be more
independent.