Clemens' Side of the Story

Clemens' Side of the Story

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Dec. 24 2007 4:26 PM

Clemens' Side of the Story

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On Dec. 13, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell released a 409-page report on his investigation of steroid use by Major League Baseball players. Included in the report was an eight-page narrative of trainer Brian McNamee's allegation that between 1998 and 2001 he injected pitcher Roger Clemens with Human Growth Hormone and steroids. McNamee's confession was compelled by an agreement with federal prosecutors. 

The Los Angeles Times made similar accusations against Clemens in October 2006 in connection with a federal search warrant affidavit concerning player Jason Grimsley. This document, too, was said to include accusations against Clemens (though names of the relevant players were redacted from a copy posted online by the Smoking Gun Web site). But after the Mitchell report was released, the Grimsley affidavit was unsealed, confirming that Clemens was not implicated. The Los Angeles Times apologized and printed a correction, but Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement (Page 2) hinting that his client would bring legal action over the claims: "Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer."

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Clemens declined to be interviewed for the Mitchell investigation, and he has not spoken to reporters since the report was released. Instead, he issued a written statement (below) that states, "I did not take steroids, Human Growth Hormone, or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career." In addition, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner posted a video reply on his Web site and scheduled a televised interview with CBS's Mike Wallace, which will air in January on 60 Minutes.

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