Cecil Cooper's take on Tejada

January 16, 2008 5:11:50 PM PST
The Astros' manager is speaking out about the steroids scandal in baseball, namely allegations that the team's newest player lied to federal investigators about steroid use. Miguel Tejada was the biggest bombshell to come out of Tuesday's congressional hearings. Congress is asking the attorney general to investigate Tejada and whether or not he lied to federal investigators when he said he never did steroid. The Mitchell report said he did use them and lying to federal agents is an offense that will get you 15 to 21 months in jail.

Tejada is a four time All-Star and former MVP that came to the Astros in a trade made the day before the Mitchell report was released. We caught up with Astros Manager Cecil Cooper on the possibility that Tejada may be dealing with bigger issues than baseball when the season starts.

"Just kind of wait and see how everything plays out. It's always bad when you hear names like that and things comes up, but at this point and time, I don't think it's good for me to comment on that," said Cooper. "If we end up with a situation where we don't have him for a while, then we certainly have capable back ups and capable people who can play for a while."

Tejada has issued a statement saying he's waiting for the meeting with the Justice Department to discuss the issues brought to light from the committee.

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