Mar 24, 2020
The ALL ME® Podcast
Tom Davis – 2005 MLB Congressional Hearings
Following the March 2005 Congressional Hearings of the use of anabolic steroids in Major League Baseball, some people will tell you that those hearings changed the game forever. Many people have asked along the way, “why did the Government get involved with steroids in Major League Baseball?” In this episode we’re going to be speaking with Congressman Tom Davis. In 2005, Davis was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District and the Chairmen of the House Government Reform Committee.
Davis realized that there was a problem in Major League Baseball with their players using anabolic steroids, but what struck him the most was the rise in young people also using these dangerous drugs. Together he and Representative Henry Waxman wrote a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and executive director for the MLB Players Union, Donald Fehr, letting them know there would be a hearing. Davis said “the model baseball provided for youth…for good or ill…. would be the main point of the hearing.
This interview between Congressman Tom Davis and Taylor Hooton Foundation Founder, Don Hooton, will give you an inside look into why the Congress felt the need to have a hearing and what that day was like. You will also hear all of the positive things that have changed since those hearings, thus MLB now has the strongest testing program in all of professional sports and millions of young people have now been educated about these dangerous substances.
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