Clemens Offers Fresh Denial of 'Impossible' Steroid Use

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2009 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Roger Clemens again denied past steroid use today, and criticized a new book that claims to detail his transgressions, the New York Daily News reports. It’s “impossible” that trainer Brian McNamee injected the pitcher with steroids “because he’s never given me any,” he told an ESPN radio show. “So it’s impossible.” Clemens also had harsh words for the News’ book, American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens.

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“I’ve seen excerpts of the book and they’re completely false,” Clemens said. “It’s piling on. It’s hurtful at times, but I’m trying to move on.” An author of the book who also appeared on the program disagreed. “It’s not false. Our book is backed up by a lot of documentation and interviews with key players,” Nathaniel Vinton said. “We don’t pretend in the book to convict the guy. But we do lay out a lot of evidence.” (Read more Roger Clemens stories.)

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