Selig unafraid of Mitchell backlash

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

DENVER – Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday night he expects former Sen. George Mitchell's report on steroids to be released by the end of the year and does not believe its contents will draw fan backlash to baseball, which saw record attendance and revenue this season.

Speaking to reporters after presenting the Roberto Clemente Award to retiring Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, Selig confirmed he had been interviewed by Mitchell's people.

Asked, considering the timing of the report and the potential that many names of performance enhancing-drug users could be revealed, if he thought it would be a long winter for the game, Selig shook his head and said, "I don't look at it that way."

"I'm very comfortable where we are. We have the toughest testing program in sports," he said, adding that along the way, "We've had a lot of heartache.

"I don't have any reason to hide something. None of us do. Whatever George Mitchell uncovers, he uncovers. Maybe we can learn from it. I hope we can. … No, I'm not afraid of anything. I want it to be said we've dealt with everything forthrightly."

Selig said he has not decided whether he will attempt to punish those named in the report, regardless of whether they are accused of using before or after the current testing program was introduced.

"We'll make those decisions in time," he said.

Ultimately, Selig said, the report will provide necessary information, and he will live with the results.

"None," he said. "Zero. I have nothing to be concerned about."

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