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Congress to look into testimony by Sammy Sosa
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Left to right: Sammy Sosa, Sosa's interpreter Patricia Rosell, McGwire, Rafael Palmiero and Curt Schilling listen at the witness table during the hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball in Washington, Thursday, March 17, 2005.

 

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Baltimore Orioles' Sammy Sosa, back to camera, is sworn in on Capitol Hill, prior to testifying before the House Government Reform Committee hearing on steroid use in baseball, Thursday, March 17, 2005, in Washington.

 

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Published: 6/17/2009 3:27 PM

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WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee will look into former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa's denial that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs in light of a report that he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York, says that the committee takes seriously suggestions that a witness had been misleading.

Towns said in a statement Wednesday that he will determine the appropriate steps following a review of the matter.

In 2005, Sosa told Congress that he had never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Sosa tested positive two years before his appearance at a House hearing.

The Times said Sosa is one of 104 players who tested positive in baseball's anonymous 2003 survey, which has been the subject of a protracted court fight. The paper did not identify the drug.

It cited lawyers with knowledge of the 2003 drug-testing results and reported they spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to publicly discuss material under court seal.