Roger Clemens posted a video repeating his denials of using performance enhancing drugs and will consent for an interview with a famous Sunday night television news magazine to answer questions about allegations against him in Major League Baseball's doping report.
The seven-time pitcher of the year award winner was accused in the "Mitchell Report" of using banned substances, an allegation made by his former exercise trainer.
In October last year, the Los Angeles Times reported Clemens was linked to doping in the May 2006 sworn statement of a federal agent who cited former MLB pitcher Jason Grimsley. At the time, the names of players in the public version had been redacted. When the full affidavit was unsealed Thursday, Clemens' name was not in it, and the paper issued a correction and an apology.
"I faced this last year when the L.A. Times reported that I used steroids. I said it was not true then, and now the whole world knows it's not true, now that that's come out," Clemens said in the video, which was posted Sunday on the Web site of his foundation and on You Tube.
George Mitchell, a director of the Boston Red Sox and a former majority leader in the U.S. Senate, wrote in his report that former Toronto and New York Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while he played with the Toronto Blue Jays, and in 2000 and 2001 while with the New York Yankees. McNamee also claimed he injected Clemens with human growth hormone in 2000.
"Let me be clear, the answer is no. I did not use steroids, or human growth hormone and I've never done so," Clemens said. "I did not provide Brian McNamee with any drugs to inject in to my body. Brian McNamee did not inject steroids or human growth hormone into my body either when I played in Toronto for the Blue Jays or the New York Yankees. This report is simply not true."
Major League Baseball, with the permission of the players union, did not jointly ban steroids until September 2002, and didn't begin testing for the substance until 2004. They did not ban HGH until January 2005.
While Clemens has released a written and video statement since the doping report was issued on Dec. 13, he has not answered questions.
"After Christmas, I'm going to sit down with Mike Wallace of '60 Minutes,' and I'll do an interview, and he'll ask me a ton of questions on this subject, and I'll answer them right there in front of him, and we'll do all of this again," Clemens said. "I'm angry about it. To be honest with you, it's hurtful to me and my family, but we're coming upon Christmas now, and I have been blessed in my life. I've been blessed in my career, and I'm very thankful for those blessings."
The weekly program "60 Minutes" on the CBS television network _ which has been broadcast since 1968 _ is considered to be the pre-eminent television news magazine in the United States. CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said the interview with Clemens is scheduled to air Jan. 6.
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