STATEMENT OF SENATOR GEORGE J. MITCHELL
CHAIRMAN, DLA PIPER


I accept the responsibility placed on me by the Commissioner in full recognition of the seriousness of the many issues raised by the task. The allegations arising out of the BALCO investigation or otherwise that Major League players have used steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs have caused fans and observers to question the integrity of play at the highest level of our national game. These allegations require close scrutiny.

At the same time, the individuals who are alleged to have used these illegal substances are entitled to a deliberate and unbiased examination of the facts that will comport with basic American values of fairness.

In this investigation, I and those working with me will approach our work bearing these important considerations in mind. We will strive to complete an investigation that is thorough, objective and fair. Our mission will be to gather facts, not conjecture. We will provide those whose reputations have been, or might be, called into question by these allegations a fair opportunity to be heard.

I have been assured by the Commissioner that I will have complete independence and discretion as to the manner in which this investigation will be conducted, and that I will have unhindered authority to follow the evidence wherever it might lead. We will begin the investigation immediately.

I invite those who believe they have information relating to the use of steroids and other illegal performance enhancing drugs by Major League baseball players to come forward with that information so that it might be considered in the context of all of the evidence. I further request full cooperation from all those we contact who might have relevant information.

I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by the Commissioner and will do my very best to justify that confidence in discharging this significant responsibility.

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