Wife says Clemens wasn't there for her HGH shot

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Associated Press

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' wife has taken the stand in the baseball star's perjury trial and contradicted the testimony of his chief accuser.

Debbie Clemens testified that her husband wasn't present when she received a shot of human growth hormone from his strength coach, Brian McNamee (MAK'-nuh-mee), and that he wasn't even aware of it.

McNamee testified last month that not only was Clemens there when his wife got the injection, but he was the one who had asked McNamee to administer it.

Debbie Clemens testified today that she got the idea to take HGH from a USA Today story about Baby Boomers viewing it as a "fountain of youth in a syringe."

She said McNamee gave her a shot of HGH a few days later, without her husband's knowledge. And she said when he found out, Clemens asked her why she thought she needed to do that, since she wasn't "old enough."

Clemens is charged with lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Among the false statements he's alleged to have made are that he never used HGH and that McNamee injected his wife without Clemens' knowledge or approval.

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APPHOTO WX106: FILE - In this July 6, 2011 file photo, former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, left, with his wife Debbie Clemens arrive at federal court in Washington. Debbie Clemens testified Friday that her husband was not present when she received a shot of human growth hormone from Roger Clemens' strength coach — testimony that contradicts the star pitcher's chief accuser in the perjury trial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (6 Jul 2011)

<<APPHOTO WX106 (07/06/11)>>

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