Debbie Clemens tells court of HGH injection

Debbie Clemens testified that her husband, Roger, was not present when she got the HGH injection.
Debbie Clemens testified that her husband, Roger, was not present when she got the HGH injection. (Associated Press)
Posted: June 09, 2012

WASHINGTON - While it's an open question whether jurors think Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing substances, they now know one thing for certain: His wife sure did.

She said it happened on a whim, inspired by a newspaper article with the headline: "Boomers believe they've found a fountain of youth in a syringe."

She said it happened in her posh master bathroom. She pulled up her shirt so that Brian McNamee could pinch her skin and inject her in the belly. No one else was there, and she didn't even tell her husband it was happening.

In fact, she said, her husband was away, even though the reason McNamee would have been staying at the Clemens' house would have been to train Roger Clemens.

And, she said that when she told her husband about it later on the phone, she didn't have to tell him what human growth hormone - HGH - was. "I don't think he thought it was bad," she testified. "It wasn't like doing heroin or something crazy."

She added that her husband "wasn't happy with Brian" about it and that he didn't think she was "old enough yet" to need something like HGH.

Debbie Clemens was always going to be a risky witness for her husband, and that was the case Friday as the perjury trial of the former pitcher reached the end of its eighth week. The defense is expected to rest Monday, and the jury could perhaps begin deliberations Tuesday.

She said she believes the injection happened in 2000, although her husband's deposition before Congress placed it in 2003.

McNamee said Roger Clemens was present for the shot. McNamee said he performed it while standing behind her, reaching around her to inject her near the belly button. He said it could have happened between 2002 and 2004.

He quoted Debbie Clemens as saying to her husband: "I can't believe you're going to let him do this to me," to which Roger Clemens responded: "He injects me, why can't he inject you?"

Roger Clemens is charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids and HGH. He's also charged with obstructing Congress by telling 13 alleged untruths.

She never cracked on the stand, but her tone occasionally got testy. Before Clemens' lawyer Rusty Hardin began one series of questioning, he told her: "It's almost over."

"Praise God," she replied.

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