WASHINGTON -- The wife of Roger Clemens testified in the former Yankee pitcher's perjury trial Friday that Brian McNamee once injected her with human growth hormone without Clemens' knowledge, contradicting McNamee's testimony of the time frame and circumstances of the shot.
On her second day on the witness stand, Debbie Clemens said during a contentious cross-examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney Saleski that she hated that the injection became public knowledge but stopped short of regretting using the drug, describing HGH as "a healthy product."
"I didn't think this was a bad thing," she said, "and I still don't."
Debbie Clemens said the lone shot of human growth hormone took place after she read a front-page article in the Nov. 15, 2000, edition of USA Today that described the drug as a "fountain of youth." McNamee, of Long Beach, testified previously that the injection took place in either 2002 or 2003.
Debbie Clemens said, after reading the article with her mother and a few friends in her kitchen, she discussed the benefits of human growth hormone with McNamee, but not her husband. She said McNamee injected her in her master bathroom "a few days later," again without her husband's knowledge.
Debbie Clemens said it wasn't until her husband called later that day, at a time when she was experiencing side effects such as tingling in her arms, that she told him about the injection.
She said she couldn't recall where her husband was at the time and why McNamee, who typically trained Roger during offseasons, was staying at the house when her husband wasn't present.
Asked by Saleski if Roger Clemens asked what HGH was, Debbie Clemens said, "No."
"Mr. Clemens must have been shocked, right?" Saleski asked.
"He wasn't mad at me; he was mad at Brian," Debbie Clemens said.
Pressed by Saleski on what her husband's reaction was to learning that she received an HGH injection without consulting him first, Debbie Clemens said, "I don't think he thought it was bad. It wasn't like doing heroin or something crazy."
Defense attorney Rusty Hardin also called Debbie Clemens to the witness stand to contradict McNamee's testimony that Roger had attended a pool party at Jose Canseco's house on June 9, 1998, which is listed as one of the obstructive acts in the six-count indictment against Roger.
Debbie Clemens said she played golf with her husband and two others that morning, and Hardin entered into evidence a receipt from the pro shop that was time-stamped at 8:58 a.m. before they played golf.
Debbie Clemens said they went to the driving range, played 18 holes and ate lunch before returning to Canseco's house, estimating that they didn't arrive there until at least 2:30 p.m.
McNamee testified that he left the party by 2 p.m. and saw Clemens on his way out.
But what stuck with at least one juror from Debbie Clemens' testimony was her endorsement of HGH. Asked if she would take the drug again, Debbie Clemens said, "I might. I don't know yet. I don't know if I'm old enough yet. This is aging me."