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Clemens video denies steroid use

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NEW YORK (AP) --Roger Clemens posted a video repeating his denials of steroids use and will interview with "60 Minutes" to answerquestions about allegations against him in the Mitchell Report.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was accused in the report of using steroids, an allegation made by his formertrainer.

In October last year, the Los Angeles Times reported Clemens was linked to steroids in the May 2006 sworn statementof a federal agent who cited former big league pitcher Jason Grimsley. At the time, the names of players in the publicversion had been blacked out. When the full affidavit was unsealed Thursday, Clemens' name was not in it, and the paperissued a correction and an apology.

"I faced this last year when the L.A. Times reported that I used steroids. I said it was not true then, and now the wholeworld knows it's not true, now that that's come out," Clemens said in the video, which was posted Sunday on the Web siteof his foundation and on You Tube.

George Mitchell, a director of the Boston Red Sox and a former Senate majority leader, wrote in his report that formerToronto and New York Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 whilewith the Blue Jays, and in 2000 and 2001 while with the Yankees. McNamee also claimed he injected Clemens withHuman Growth Hormone in 2000.

"Let me be clear, the answer is no. I did not use steroids, or human growth hormone and I've never done so," Clemenssaid. "I did not provide Brian McNamee with any drugs to inject in to my body. Brian McNamee did not inject steroids orHuman Growth Hormones into my body either when I played in Toronto for the Blue Jays or the New York Yankees. Thisreport is simply not true." Baseball players and owners did not jointly ban steroids until September 2002. They did notban HGH until January 2005.

While Clemens has released a written and video statement since Mitchell issued his report on Dec. 13, he has notanswered questions.

"After Christmas, I'm going to sit down with Mike Wallace of '60 Minutes,' and I'll do an interview, and he'll ask me aton of questions on this subject, and I'll answer them right there in front of him, and we'll do all of this again," Clemenssaid. "I'm angry about it. To be honest with you, it's hurtful to me and my family, but we're coming upon Christmas now,and I have been blessed in my life. I've been blessed in my career, and I'm very thankful for those blessings."

Mitchell said McNamee, a former personal trainer to Clemens and Yankees and Houston Astros teammate Andy Pettitte, told himPettitte had used HGH two-to-four times in 2002. Pettitte issued a statement Dec. 15 saying he used HGH twice in 2002.

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