The made-for-TV mea culpas are a must these days. Get caught for using performance-enhancing drugs or any number of "personal mistakes" and the professional sports star must step behind a podium and express great sorrow for the transgression. Here are five recent public apologies from Major League Baseball:
1. Andy Pettitte: Last February, the soft-spoken southerner was composed in his contrition, and seemed to answer all questions of why he took HGH to recover from injuries. Embraced by Yankee captain Derek Jeter afterward, the Louisiana lefty also revealed a break in his communication with former teammate and friend Roger Clemens.
2. Miguel Tejada: Miguel's Mea Culpa came five days ago as the teary-eyed Houston Astro stumbled through a statement. His sin, as revealed by the government, was not telling Congressional investigators that he knew of another player that took steroids. Accompanied by attorney Mark Tuohey, Tejada refused questions from the press, leaving reporters and onlookers unsatisfied with his spin.
3. Roger Clemens: A man of details on the mound, the Texas hurler ducked specifics when he addressed extra-marital affair questions regarding time spent with country singer Mindy McCready last May. Famous for "misremembering" in Boston, Clemens said, "I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry."
4. Jason Giambi: Only after it was leaked from a grand jury that the Giambino had admitted to talking steroids for three years did the former Oakland Athletic confess publicly in Feb. 2005. "I feel I let down the Yankees -- not only the Yankees, but my teammates," Giambi said. "I accept full responsibility for that."
5. Alex Rodriguez: Yes, he apologized Tuesday, but he also refused to identify his "cousin" who brought the performance-enhancing drugs to him from the Dominican Republic. In front of an overflow crowd if reporters at the Yankees spring training facility, Rodriguez received support from teammates. It is the cousin, though, who reporters will now want to speak with.
Whose apology are we missing? Are the athletes telling the truth? What would you like to do differently if you were running the conferences?
Is A-Rod telling the whole truth? [SI.com]