Cle­mens Talks At Astros’ Camp, But Not About House Tes­ti­mony

The Washington Post - - Thursday Morning - — From News Ser­vices

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.

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