NEW YORK – Mark McGwire's (search) name was mentioned several times during a federal steroids investigation in the early 1990s but he was not the target of the probe nor was any evidence collected against him, the Daily News reported Sunday.
McGwire, Jose Canseco and several current players along with four baseball executives were subpoenaed to testify at a congressional hearing on steroids March 17. The commissioner's office has said it will fight the subpoenas. McGwire, Jason Giambi, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro haven't said whether they'll show up in Washington.
Two dealers caught in the federal investigation told the Daily News that a California man named Curtis Wenzlaff (search) gave Canseco and McGwire illegal anabolic steroids.
Representatives for McGwire and Canseco said the former stars did not remember meeting Wenzlaff.
"We're not going to comment on anything at this time," Marc Altieri, McGwire's representative, told the newspaper, "but we believe one should consider the sources of such allegations."
"Jose doesn't want to deny knowing him, but he just doesn't remember the guy," Robert Saunooke, Canseco's attorney, told the Daily News.
When asked by the newspaper, Wenzlaff declined to comment about McGwire, but did acknowledge giving Canseco steroids.
"I supplied a bunch of players, but I'm not going to name any other names," Wenzlaff told the Daily News. "Jose's different because he opened the door with his book."
Canseco said in his recently published autobiography that he, McGwire and Giambi shot steroids together in the bathroom stall at the Oakland Coliseum (search).
McGwire and Giambi have denied Canseco's charges.