Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
Yes, Pete did deny it. And every reporter, broadcaster, etc. covering the game said, "if Pete would just admit his wrongdoing, we would all forgive him." Then, when he admitted it, everyone did a heel-turn and said "you call that an apology? After LYING to us all those years? Unforgivable!"
That kind of vindictiveness demonstrated by the media and fans would lead any ballplayer, including McGwire, to conclude that it's better just to keep your mouth shut.
I agree. However if McGwire hovers around that 50-70% range for a few years, the pressure to spill the beans might be irrestible. Every year sportswriters like Klapisch will write that if McGwire wants in he better come clean. Then if he succumbs to the pressure and admits he did it, guys like Klapisch will write that no admitted steroid user will get their vote. It's a Catch-22 for McGwire.