Dec 14,2007 00:00
NEW YORK -- The attorney for superstar pitcher Roger Clemens said Thursday his client had been "slandered" by baseball's investigation into steroid use.
In a statement released through attorney Rusty Hardin, Clemens denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
"I have great respect for Sen. Mitchell," Hardin said in the statement. "I think an overall look at this problem in baseball was an excellent idea.
"But I respectfully suggest it is very unfair to include Roger's name in this report. He is left with no meaningful way to combat what he strongly contends are totally false allegations. He has not been charged with anything, he will not be charged with anything and yet he is being tried in the court of public opinion with no recourse. That is totally wrong.
"There has never been one shred of tangible evidence that he ever used these substances and yet he is being slandered today."
Mitchell said most players contacted by investigators refused requests to meet with Mitchell to confront the allegations against them.
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