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Blog from inside Clemens Capitol Hill testimony

Roger Clemens is spinning himself a web of complications as he testifies before Congress about his alleged steroid use. He has said his former trainer is a liar when he says he injected Clemens more than 20 times with steroids and human growth hormones.
But here's what's also come out today. Clemens acknowledges McNamee's testimony that he injected Clemen's wife Debbie with HGH in 2003. But Clemens says his wife never told him, and that he was mad at McNamee when he found out.

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Brian McNamee, far left, and Roger Clemens, far right, are sworn in before testimony Wednesday

But he did not fire McNamee, and also did not call a doctor when his wife complained of circulation problems. Clemens said they decided a doctor call wasn't necessary, but those suspicious of Clemens say the pitcher couldn't blow his cover since he too used such substances.

But perhaps most problematic for Clemens is one of his best friends Andy Pettite. The well liked Yankee pitcher has acknowledged that he was injected by McNamee with HGH and says Clemens discussed his own HGH use in 1999 or 2000. Clemens said during the hearing that Pettite "misheard" and "misremembered" the conversation.

The court of public opinion may or may not believe McNamee, but trying to cast Pettitte has someone who misunderstood such a conversation will be much harder for those loyal to Clemens. We'll have much more of this often riveting showdown on tonight's AC360°.

- Gary Tuchamn, 360° Correspondent


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