Kirk Radomski on defensive in Clemens trial

A file photo of Kirk Radomski. A file photo of Kirk Radomski. Photo Credit: AP, 2007

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A defense attorney for Roger Clemens called confessed steroid dealer Kirk Radomski a liar Wednesday as he pointed out several inconsistencies between Radomski's testimony and what he wrote in his book and told a grand jury.

Prosecutors put forth Radomski as a key supporting witness as someone who sold performance-enhancing drugs to their main witness, Brian McNamee, whose accusations that Clemens used steroids and human growth hormone led to his indictment for perjury for denying that before Congress.

A day after Radomski testified that a shipping label addressed to McNamee at Clemens' house must have accidentally slid under his bedroom television, eluding federal agents who raided his Manorville house in 2005, Clemens lawyer Michael Attanasio read the jury a passage from Radomski's book.

"I had obviously hidden it there when I began to worry that the government was going to come after me, and then I had forgotten about it," Radomski's ghostwritten book said.

"That's a lie," Attanasio said.

Radomski disagreed, saying what was printed in the book wasn't true -- and weren't his words.

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"I have no idea how [it] got there," Radomski said of the envelope that included the label to Clemens' home, found two years after the raid underneath the television. "I know I didn't hide anything."

Radomski said his ghostwriter or the publisher must have changed his versions.

When Attanasio pointed out that the book has his name on the cover, Radomski said to the lawyer, "You ever write a book? Go write a book. You'll see."

Attanasio also said Radomski wrote that the shipping label was "clearly labeled 'C/O Roger Clemens,' " pointing out what remains of that shipping label only say "Hold for B. McNamee" and doesn't include Clemens' name anywhere.

"That was a lie," Attanasio said.

"No, it wasn't," Radomski said. "I wrote it."

But then he conceded it was wrong in the book. He said he's certain he included Clemens' name somewhere else on the label or on the box itself.

The shipping label is ripped, Radomski said, because he typically kept only the address portion as a reminder to himself to add it his personal address book.

Attanasio also challenged Radomski on his testimony Tuesday that he always required a signature on the packages of steroids or HGH that he sent to ballplayers, showing receipts that did not require someone to sign.

"That was a lie," Attanasio said.

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Radomski said, "Some guys didn't want them."

Radomski also reiterated under cross examination that he believes he sent two kits of human growth hormone and about 50 needles in that package addressed to McNamee at Clemens' house.

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