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Pettitte Gets Honest

Andy Pettitte: a self-proclaimed man of integrityIf you're doing something that you feel may be wrong, or you're embarrassed by and ashamed of, chances are you shouldn't be doing it. Such was the case with Andy Pettitte five years ago.

He was outed in the Mitchell Report for [allegedly] using human growth hormone, and then confirmed the accusations two days later by admitting he used HGH in 2002. He could've gone the route of his good buddy Roger Clemens -- deny, deny, deny -- but no. He opted to be the better person and get honest with his fans.

The New York Yankees pitcher and author on integrity, who just signed a one-year, $16 million extension with the club, says he used HGH to recover from an elbow injury in 2002 for two days, but stopped because he felt uncomfortable doing so. Pettitte made it clear that he used it only to heal faster and not enhance his performance.

"If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize," Pettitte said Saturday. "I accept responsibility for those two days."
He went on to say he has always tried to live his life honorably and has the utmost respect for the game. HGH wasn't banned by MLB until January of 2005, so Pettitte technically did nothing wrong. He was not linked to steroids in the report and says he has never used them. So why are the media and some bloggers painting him as a cheater?

I say, thanks for the honesty, Andy Pettitte. High five!

Be sure to check out Sarah's perspective at The Naughty American.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I think some people are confusing HGH with steroids here. Pettitte was not in the wrong, and shouldn't be chastised for a bad decision (totally legal and not out of the ordinary at the time) he made close to five years ago.