Justice 'shocked' by Report's findings
Twenty current or former Bombers named in investigation
NEW YORK -- David Justice said he was "shocked" to learn his name was contained in the release of the Mitchell Report, claiming that its passage regarding his use of human growth hormone is incorrect.
Justice, a Yankees outfielder in 2000 and 2001, currently works as an on-air personality for the team's YES Network. In a televised interview Thursday, Justice disputed the charges that he had purchased HGH from former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.
"I don't even know who Kirk Radomski is," Justice told the YES Network. "If he walked up to me right now and said, 'Hello,' I would not know who he was."
Two pages of the Mitchell Report contain information pertaining to Justice, a three-time All-Star who also played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Oakland A's from 1989 to 2002.
The report alleges that Justice purchased two or three kits of HGH from Radomski by check after the Yankees' 2000 World Series victory.
"I want to see the check that shows me paying something to a Kirk Radomski, because I don't even know who he is," Justice said. "I didn't pay for [any] human growth hormone, ever."
Brian McNamee, a former Yankees assistant trainer who supplied information to the Mitchell Report, told investigators that Justice asked him about human growth hormone in either 2000 or 2001, in which Justice admitted that he had purchased the drug from Radomski.
Justice disputes the charge, claiming that McNamee had lied. As Justice relayed the story, within a week of Justice's June 29, 2000, trade from Cleveland to New York, McNamee approached Justice in the exercise room and suggested the outfielder try human growth hormone to help him recover from injuries, including a hernia and a groin issue.
"He said to me that if you take this HGH -- that was the first time I had ever heard of it -- he said that if you take this, it will help you in your recovery from your injury," Justice said.
"He said, 'Listen, I will put it in your locker, check it out.' When I looked at that and saw that it was needles, I said, 'No way, dude. I can't do needles.' Everybody knows that about me -- I don't do needles. And I'm really glad that I chose not to do it. Now that I know about it, that would have been the worst thing for me to do."
The Yankees were the hardest-hit team by the Mitchell Report, with 20 current or former players named. Of those, three played for the club in 2007 -- pitchers Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Ron Villone. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, denounced the report, while Pettitte declined comment through his agent, Randy Hendricks.
Villone told The New York Times that he would refer further comment to his attorney, but told the newspaper, "It's a serious situation, and I'm trying to take it as serious. It's my name, and I'm going to treat my name with respect and the game of baseball with respect."
Of the former Yankees players named in the Mitchell Report, several had detailed activity while in pinstripes.
The Report alleges that Clemens used steroids and human growth hormone in the second halves of the 2000 and 2001 seasons, and that slugger Jason Giambi followed a weekly regimen of Deca-Durabolin throughout the 2002 season with New York before beginning a program with trainer Greg Anderson that included the "cream" and the "clear," both designer steroids, through the 2003 All-Star break.
Reliever Jason Grimsley is alleged to have completed purchases of HGH and Deca-Durabolin from Radomski while pitching for New York in 2000 and 2001. Infielder Chuck Knoblauch was injected seven to nine times with HGH during the 2001 season, according to the Report, and may have also purchased the drug from Grimsley.
Starter Denny Neagle first met Radomski in New York while pitching for the Yankees, beginning a business relationship that lasted until 2004, and reliever Mike Stanton met Radomski with the Yankees but did not purchase human growth hormone until 2003, when he was with the Mets.
Outfielder Rondell White is alleged to have purchased HGH and Deca-Durabolin from Radomski for a period of several years, including 2002, when White played for the Yankees, and pitcher Todd Williams is alleged to have purchased Winstrol during the 2001 season, when he pitched in New York.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.