Herges, Hill apologize
Colorado Rockies reliever Matt Herges and first base coach Glenallen Hill have issued written apologies for using performance-enhancing substances.
Herges says he has “no excuse for my actions” and says he’s deeply remorseful.
Hill says he “made mistakes and poor decisions in my personal and professional life.” He says those mistakes came late in his playing career.
Both issued their statements Wednesday, the same day Roger Clemens his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testified before Congress about drug use in baseball.
“I would first like to thank the Colorado Rockies organization, in particular Team President Keli McGregor and General Manager Dan O’Dowd, for giving me the extraordinary opportunity to work for a first-class organization. I would also like to thank the Rockies for providing me with a forum to make the following statement:
“Late in my playing career, I made mistakes and poor decisions in my personal and professional life. I, and I alone am accountable for them. Simply put, I was not as candid as I should have been regarding my use of performance enhancing substances late in my playing career. My brief use of performance enhancing substances embarrassed me, both personally and professionally, and it was something that I did not want to discuss with anyone. After much thought and reflection, I felt that I owed it to God, my family and the Rockies’ organization to be completely forthcoming and truthful. I would like to extend my deepest apologies to the Rockies organization, to my family and friends, and to baseball fans across the country.
“While I cannot undo the past, I can help change the future. I want it to be known that I am dedicated to helping others avoid repeating my mistakes. I intend to help educate children, young athletes and all members of the community on how to practice healthy lifestyles.
“Again I am truly sorry.”
“Several years ago I made a poor decision rather than trusting in the abilities the Lord has blessed me with. With great insecurity I chose to cross the line and briefly use performance enhancing substances. I have no excuse for my actions.
“Words cannot describe how remorseful I am. Beginning with my wife, Jane, my children, family and friends, I would like to apologize to all those I have hurt including the fans of Major League Baseball. I have never used performance enhancing substances while wearing the Rockies uniform, but I want to apologize to the Rockies organization and their fans as well.
“I cannot adequately express the grace and forgiveness that I have received. My hope is that young athletes will not repeat my mistake, but will be secure enough to pursue their dreams without the use of drugs of any kind.”