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Clemens lawyer again attacks key witness

3 years ago June 12, 2012 Jun 12, 2012 Tuesday, June 12 2012 Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:45:55 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Roger Clemens' lawyers have mounted one final assault on the witness who claims he injected the former pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs.

Attorney Rusty Hardin told the jury during closing arguments Tuesday that "saying that Brian McNamee lies zero times is kind of like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch."

McNamee is Clemens' longtime strength coach. He was the only witness over 26 days of testimony to claim firsthand knowledge of Clemens' using steroids and human growth hormone.

Earlier, prosecutor Gil Guerrero painted Clemens as someone who "chose to lie" when Clemens told Congress in 2008 that he had never used those substances.

Guerrero conceded that McNamee is a "flawed man" but said that it was Clemens who later "tossed him by the wayside."

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