Roger Clemens is either very sure he didn’t use PEDs or he’s getting terrible legal advice.
Clemens emerged from a five and a half hour deposition with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this afternoon and again issued a strong denial.
“It was great to be able to tell them what I’ve been saying all along – that I’ve never used steroids or growth hormone,” he said.
That makes it six Clemens has uncategorically denied PED use:
1. Statement after the Mitchell Report
2. Video after the Mitchell Report
3. To Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes
4. At his press conference in Houston
5. By filing a lawsuit against Brian McNamee
6. Today at Congress.
If he’s lying and somebody can prove it, Clemens will be in trouble. Congress tends to prosecute those who lie to them.
At some point, the onus will shift to George Mitchell and McNamee to prove their case. Can they do it? That’s the question we don’t have the answer for. Mitchell’s investigative methods leave much to be desired and McNamee is a flawed witness given his background and motives.