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Pettitte in Court: Clemens Told Me He Used HGH

He testifies that his friend told him about doping
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2012 6:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – It took a few years and one blown trial, but federal prosecutors going after Roger Clemens finally got Andy Pettitte on the stand today to issue these sentences:

  • "Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH. And that it could help with recovery, and that's really all I remember about the conversation."
That, as the Houston Chronicle notes, is the first court testimony that Clemens lied about using human growth hormone.

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It's not bombshell information, notes USA Today, given that Pettitte said as much in a 2008 affidavit. But Pettitte is the star witness, and his testimony could prove pivotal in determining which way the case goes. In cross-examination, Clemens' attorneys quickly tried to make the case that Pettitte misheard the remark. They got him to acknowledge that it was made in "passing" as opposed to in a "focused conversation" and that it came amid the "huffing and puffing" of a workout, reports the AP. Pettitte is expected back on the stand tomorrow. (Read more Andy Pettitte stories.)

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