In his first public statements since being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report, Roger Clemens issued a sharp rebuke regarding the allegations through his agent, Randy Hendricks. As reported by The AP:
"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," Clemens said Tuesday in a statement issued through his agent, Randy Hendricks. "Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take.
"I am disappointed that my 25 years in public life have apparently not earned me the benefit of the doubt, but I understand that Senator Mitchell's report has raised many serious questions. I plan to publicly answer all of those questions at the appropriate time in the appropriate way. I only ask that in the meantime people not rush to judgment."
While Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, issued a denial last Thursday, the comments made today are the first from Clemens himself on the matter.
The accusations stem from testimony made by former trainer Brian McNamee. It is McNamee’s testimony that has yielded the most controversy as Clemens, along with Andy Pettitte were key names that were published within the Mitchell Report.
(See our Special: Mitchell Report section on The Biz of Baseball)
Since the report was published on Thursday, the following players have reacted in the following manner (to see complete details, see Scorecard: Tracking the Impact of the Mitchell Report)
Admitted Using PEDs:
- * Paul Byrd
- Brian Roberts
- Fernando Vina
- Gary Bennett
- Andy Pettitte
- F.P. Santangelo
Denies Using PEDs:
- Roger Clemens
- Brendan Donnelly
- Alex Cabrera
- David Justice
Other Public Responses After Report's Release:
- Alex Rodriguez
- Jason Varitek
- Johnny Damon
- Albert Pujols
* Met with MLB officials on Monday after admitting to using hGH prior.
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