Roger Clemens’ defense lawyer tells jurors that evidence purportedly showing the pitcher used steroids was manipulated by his former strength coach, Brian McNamee.
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Rusty Hardin said in his opening statement Tuesday at Clemens’ perjury trial that evidence collected by McNamee was a ”mixed up hodgepodge of garbage.”
Hardin says his team will contend that McNamee mixed steroids with Clemens’ DNA into a needle to frame the star pitcher. Hardin said that McNamee had used the needle to inject Clemens with vitamin B-12.
Clemens is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.
Hardin said, ”We’re here because a man dared to deny” he was guilty of crime. He said the government should never prosecute someone for trying to clear his name.