WASHINGTON, May 18 -- Five league commissioners -- David Stern (NBA), Paul Tagliabue (NFL), Bud Selig (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL) and Don Garber (MLS) -- testified Wednesday during Congressional hearings on steroids. NBA TV and NBA.com carried Commissioner Stern's testimony live Wednesday afternoon.

"The use by athletes of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances," Commissioner Stern said in a statement delivered to the House Government Reform Committee, "is an issue implicating the fundamental integrity of all athletic competition. The National Basketball Association (“NBA”), as a result, has a strong and continuing interest in ensuring that these drugs are not used by our players and that our games are conducted on a fair and legitimate basis.

"Steroids and performance-enhancing drugs also would pose serious risks to the health of our players, which provides a separate but equally compelling rationale for preventing their use in the NBA.

"Finally, it is simply the fact that young people – and, especially, young athletes – look up to and attempt to emulate professional athletes. It is therefore incumbent on the NBA and its players to keep steroids out of our game in order to send the message to all young fans that these substances have no legitimate place in athletic competition."


Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. ET
House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee
Thursday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. ET
House Government Reform Committee