Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska opened his statement at today’s congressional hearings in Washington D.C. regarding performance enhancing drugs by commending chairman Bobby Rush for calling out Vince McMahon earlier (who said he was “exceptionally and extremely disappointed” as McMahon was the only person to turn down their invitation). Terry said, “Mr. chairman, you rightfully called out Vince McMahon. Someone that flips his finger at this committee or at Congress deserves to be called out. On the other hand, we have a really esteemed panel and in my personal opinion Vince McMahon does not belong at this table with these people.” It’s interesting to note that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell smiled when Terry said that McMahon didn’t belong on the same panel as them. Also, NFL union chief Gene Upshaw chuckled at Terry’s remark, while the rest of the panel did not openly react it.
McMahon sent word to the committee that he would be unable to attend the conference because his lawyer, Jerry McDevitt, was unavailable to accompany him due to scheduling issues. This is actually true because McDevitt is working on a high profile fraud case in Pittsburgh. This is high-profile enough that the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is covering it on a daily basis with their “Wecht Watch” feature that gives updates on the trial. To sum the case up, they wrote: “Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, a former Allegheny County coroner, is accused of using his public office for private gain and of defrauding clients of his private pathology consulting business.”