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Clemens Continues to Deny Steroid Allegations

January 12, 2008 03:30 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
As the date of his Congressional testimony approaches, Clemens ramps up efforts to clear his name in the media. But has the ordeal already jeopardized his future in the Hall of Fame?

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With 354 wins and seven Cy Young awards, Roger Clemens is widely considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

In fact, before Brian McNamee told the Mitchell Commission that Clemens had used performance-enhancing drugs, many considered the “Rocket” a shoe-in for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

But now his legacy is in doubt.

New York Daily News writer Bill Madden believes that many, including himself, will not vote for what he calls a “steroid cheat.” Madden goes no to say that since he “has been on record as saying I won’t vote for any of them … that now has to include Clemens.”

On Dec. 13, 2007, former Sen. George Mitchell released a 409-page report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball. Clemens was the most notable of the 86 players named as PED users.

The report’s allegations against Clemens hinged on the testimony of his former trainer, Brian McNamee.

McNamee testified that he had injected Clemens with steroids during the 1998, 2000, and 2001 seasons. He also stated that the pitcher’s on-field performance “showed remarkable improvement” after the 1998 injections.

Although the report named fellow Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte as well, he immediately confirmed the allegations and admitted to taking Human Growth Hormone.

Clemens, on the other hand, more than a week to publicly address the situation, now defiantly maintaining his innocence.

He has filed a defamation lawsuit against McNamee and repeatedly questioned his credibility and character in the media.

Clemens and McNamee will appear before congress on Feb. 13, 2008, and testify under oath about steroid use. Both men face charges of perjury if they are found to be lying.

Headline Links: Clemens faces the media

Analysis: Clemens on ’60 Minutes’

Background: Clemens responds to allegations on YouTube

Reactions: McNamee's lawyers and Clemens's lawsuit

Opinion: Was ‘Rocket’ fueling up?

Defending Clemens
Criticizing Clemens
‘Roger Clemens's Bid for Cooperstown Likely Will End with Strikeout’

Reference Material: The Mitchell Report and Clemens’s lawsuit

Related Topics: Performance-enhancing drug use by other athletes

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