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Roger Clemens charged with perjury in steroid case

Roger Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury. Roger Clemens testified under oath at a 2008 hearing before a House committee about the use of banned substances.

By Associated Press / August 19, 2010

This Feb. 13, 2008, file photo shows former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens being sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, prior to testifying before the House Oversight, and Government Reform committee hearing on drug use in baseball.

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WASHINGTON

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids.

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Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.

The former Major League baseball pitcher and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified under oath at a 2008 hearing before a House committee and contradicted each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.

McNamee has told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and the committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.

Clemens has maintained that McNamee was lying.

Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, said by telephone from Houston that he had just learned of the indictment and would wait to decide whether to comment.