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Tuesday, 17 July 2007 01:23

MitchellFormer Senator George Mitchell is nearing the end of his investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, and as part of the final process, is preparing to interview Commissioner Selig before releasing the report. At that time, Selig will be able to view the report, and comment on its contents, but not alter it before release.

Mitchell participates in a lengthy Q&A with the New York Daily News today, and touches on a variety of subjects... No, names are not discussed. Here is one exchange:

DN: The MLB Players Association has argued that the players have a right to their privacy, but much of the information they are trying to protect is criminal behavior. How do you see the issue?

GM: In our society the right to privacy is extremely important and one that I value. But of course it is not the only right that exists. There's a very old saying in the law that my right to swing my arm ends where your nose begins. It's a rough but rather accurate way to put it. There's compliance with the law, there's a level playing field, the integrity of competition. There's also the rights of other competitors to know that everyone is playing under the same rules. The principal victims of the abuse of some players of illegal performance-enhancing substances are those players who do not. There has been a lot written about the integrity of the game, the fans, the public - those are all important, but the principal victims are the players who don't use performance-enhancing substances.

Mitchell mentions that no criminal prosecution of players would likely be occurring due to findings in the report. Mitchell mentions that up to 2006 there had been "221 professional baseball players had tested positive and were suspended for illegal use of substances, including stimulants: 14 in the major leagues and 207 in the minor leagues," and none of those players had been criminally prosecuted.

The Q&A comes on the heels of another recent interview that Mitchell conducted with the Boston Globe.



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