In this image captured from video and released by CBS News on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, baseball player Roger Clemens is seen at his Katy, Texas home, on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, while giving his first interview since being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs by his former trainer in the Mitchell Report. During the interview, aired on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday, Jan. 6, 2007, Clemens said he might be willing to take a lie-detector test, was "shocked" close friend Andy Pettitte used human growth hormone and said _ again _ that he probably will retire. (AP Photo/CBS News, HO)
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens' long awaited news conference began
with a recording of a 17-minute phone conversation he had with the
trainer who accused him of using steroids.
Brian McNamee told Clemens in the phone conversation that he
would go to jail for him and repeatedly asked the seven-time Cy
Young winner what he wanted him to do. At one point Clemens replied
that he just needed "somebody to tell the truth."
Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee late Sunday.
As he answered reporters' questions Clemens' anger continued to
grow. Before walking away from the podium he told reporters that if
they voted in the Hall of Fame he didn't need their vote.