La Russa: "I think he was overcoached"

Updated: March 18, 2005, 6:55 PM ET
Associated Press

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa was surprised by Mark McGwire's repeated refusals to deny using steroids during testimony before a congressional committee.

McGwire has denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs but refused to do so under oath Thursday, citing advice from his lawyer.

"In my opinion, being under oath wouldn't have changed what he said," La Russa said Friday. "I think he was overcoached. Mostly, I think it was a missed opportunity to explain ...

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