Clemens Expected to Testify Before Congress

February 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Baseball's winningest pitcher and his former trainer are both expected on Capitol Hill today. Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee the man who says he injected Clemens with both steroids and human growth hormone will testify before Congress.

Roger Clemens has been going door to door on Capitol Hill for days in advance of today's testimony. "I'm going to Congress and I'm going to tell the truth. I'm going to tell everything that I know about the situations and steroids and anything else that I have knowledge about which isn't a lot," said Clemens.

Lawmakers want to ask just one question: Did baseball's most celebrated pitcher use performance enhancing drugs?

His former trainer Brian McNamee is offering testimony and evidence, including these syringes and gauze, that he was he injected with human growth hormone and steroids from 1998 to 2001. "Most of the needles were thrown away. These were just at the latter part of 2001 when Brian had this inkling and gut feeling that he couldn't trust roger and better keep something to protect himself in the future," said McNamee's Attorney Richard Emory.

There is also a troubling new deposition from Clemens' former teammate and friend, Andy Pettite who says the pitcher known as "the rocket", told him he used human growth hormone. Clemens is expected to deny as he has in the past, using the drugs. "I put my butt on the line and I worked my tail off and I defy anybody to say I did it by cheating or taking any shortcuts," said Clemens.

Attorneys for the house committee say they also have other independent evidence of Clemens' drug use, but so far haven't revealed what that evidence includes.

All of today's testimony will be under oath, with investigators from the F.B.I. and the I.R.S. expected to attend, while the justice department looks on; each deciding what further action if any is needed.


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