Clemens Says He Never Took Banned Substance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens is denying allegations in the recently-released Mitchell Report that he took performance-enhancing drugs, calling them "a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take."

The accusations against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner
came from his former trainer. Former Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell says Brian McNamee said he injected the veteran pitcher
with steroids in 1998 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, and
steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001, while with the
New York Yankees.

Another McNamee client and close friend of Clemens, Yankees
pitcher Andy Pettitte, said last weekend that he took HGH twice
while rehabbing from an injury in 2002. Mitchell said McNamee told
him he injected Pettitte with HGH two-to-four times that year.

Baseball players and owners didn't have an agreement banning
steroids until September 2002. They banned HGH in January 2005.

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