Clemens, McNamee both challenged by skeptical lawmakers

By: associated press
By: associated press

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- They're separated by just one seat, at a table in front of a House panel -- but the testimony from Roger Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee is miles apart.

And both have been grilled today by lawmakers trying to establish which one is telling the truth, concerning whether Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens was asked to explain statements from his long-time friend and teammate, Andy Pettitte, who said Clemens had admitted to him that he had used human growth hormone. Clemens said Pettitte had simply "misremembered" their conversation.

Clemens told the panel that he had "never taken steroids or HGH." And he said no matter what happens before the panel today, he will never have his reputation restored.

As for McNamee, he was asked why he had for years held onto what he says is proof that he injected Clemens with drugs. He responded that despite his long relationship with Clemens, he hadn't completely trusted the pitcher. One lawmaker pointed to what he said was "lie after lie after lie" from McNamee.

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