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Old 08-06-2006, 12:39 AM   #1
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Report: McGwire avoiding MLB's investigation

Former All-Star slugger Mark McGwire is not cooperating with former Sen. George Mitchell's performance-enhancing drugs investigation, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

An unnamed source told the newspaper that McGwire has flatly refused to meet with Mitchell and his investigators.

"They're getting no cooperation from McGwire," the source reportedly said. "He wants nothing to do with this. He doesn't want to talk to them. He doesn't want his people to talk to them."

The legal supplement androstenedione was found in McGwire's locker in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris' season home run record. When asked about steroids during a congressional hearing in 2005, McGwire said, "I am not here to talk about the past."

Mitchell, the former senate majority leader, was appointed in March by MLB commissioner Bud Selig to lead an investigation about steroids in the sport.

Federal prosecutors recently investigated tax evasion and perjury charges against Barry Bonds. But Mitchell, according to The Daily News, can neither issue a subpoena that would compel McGwire to talk, nor threaten to put him in jail.

"He wants no part of their probe," the News' source reportedly said.

It appears that McGwire has distanced himself from baseball. He rarely visits big-league ballparks, and has turned down requests by the St. Louis Cardinals to become a hitting instructor.

The newspaper says McGwire did make a donation to the Taylor Hooton foundation, which was established to educate kids, parents and coaches about the dangers of steroids and reduce the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Hooton's father, Don, testified at the same 2005 congressional hearing with McGwire and has asked the former slugger to speak out on the potential dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

But McGwire has reportedly refused to make any public appearances or public service announcements.

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