Clemens Denies Taking Steroids

Pitcher responds to accusations in Mitchell Report
By Kevin Langbaum,  Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2007 7:34 PM CST
Roger Clemens, right, chats with strength coach Brian McNamee at the Houston Astros minor league baseball mini camp in Kissimmee, Fla., in this Feb. 27, 2006 file photo.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Responding to accusations in the Mitchell report, Roger Clemens today denied using steroids, Newsday reports. “I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life," the Yankees pitcher said in a statement. "Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take.”

In the report, Clemens’ former trainer testified to personally injecting the seven-time Cy Young winner with steroids and HGH over several years. Teammate Andy Pettitte, also named in the report, admitted last week to using HGH twice, putting pressure on Clemens to issue a statement. Clemens has not decided whether to retire or pitch again in 2008.