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Players, politicians and parents converged on Capitol Hill to give their testimony on steroids. A sampling of their voices:

Friday, March 18, 2005; Page D06

"I've been advised that my testimony here could be used to harm friends and respected teammates, or that some ambitious prosecutor can use convicted criminals who would do and say anything to solve their own problems and create jeopardy for my friends. Asking me or any other player to answer questions about who took steroids in front of television cameras will not solve the problem. If a player answers no, he simply will not be believed. If he answers yes, he risks public scorn and endless government investigations. My lawyers have advised me that I cannot answer these questions without jeopardizing my friends, my family, and myself. I intend to follow their advice. "

-- Former player Mark McGwire


Curt Schilling, from right, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco, with lawyers and an interpreter, appear in House. (Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post)

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"To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I've not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic. I have been tested as recently as 2004 and I am clean."

-- Orioles' Sammy Sosa, in statement read by his attorney, James Sharp

"We're not interested in embarrassing anyone or ruining careers or grandstanding. This is not a witch hunt. . . . Today's hearing will not be the end of our inquiry. Far from it. Nor will Major League Baseball be our sole or even primary focus. We're in the first inning of what could be an extra inning ball game. . . . There's a cloud over the game that I love."

-- Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.)

"For 30 years, Major League Baseball has told us to trust us. But the league hasn't honored that trust."

-- Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.)

"I have never used steroids, period. I do not know how to say it any more clearly than that."

-- Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro

"Players that are guilty of taking steroids are not only cheaters -- you are cowards. You hide behind the skirts of your union, and with the help of management and your lawyers, you've made every effort to resist facing the public today."

-- Donald Hooton of Plano, Tex., whose son Taylor, 17, hanged himself in July 2003

"Go ask Henry Aaron, go ask the family of Roger Maris, go ask all of the people who played without enhanced drugs if they would like their records compared with the current records."

-- Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) a former pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame


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