Clemens Talks At Astros’ Camp, But Not About House Testimony
Roger Clemens showed up at the Houston Astros’ minicamp yesterday and sidestepped a question about his upcoming appearance before a House committee investigating performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
“I’m not going to talk about that,” said Clemens, dressed in jogging pants, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap. “I’m doing it the right way and do what I need to do. We’re going to do it the right way.”
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has been invited to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for a deposition or transcribed statement on Feb. 5 and public testimony eight days later. His former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, and former teammate Andy Pettitte have also been invited.
McNamee said in last month’s Mitchell Report on drug use in baseball that he injected Clemens at least 16 times with steroids or HGH in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens has repeatedly denied the accusations and Lanny Breuer, one of the pitcher’s lawyers, said Tuesday that his client stood by his previous denials.
Clemens has a personal services contract with the Astros that starts following his retirement as a player. His oldest son, Koby, is a minor leaguer in the Astros system and is participating in the camp.
Not even Koby was sure whether his father would show this week. Clemens said the attention focused on him now was never going to deter him.
“Like I said, I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I think my track record is what it is. I think there’s enough of you standing in front of me that have known me for a long, long time. It is what it is.”
The Astros kept an open invitation for Clemens to participate in the minicamp, a precursor to spring training next month.