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** FILE ** Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens testifies before the House Oversight, and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Feb. 13, 2008 file photo. Roger Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin tells The New York Times Saturday July 4, 2009 that the pitcher was not among the more than 100 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Hardin said he was revealing the results now because other players recently have been linked to the list. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Roger Clemens' charitable foundation paid for the disgraced pitcher's performance-enhancing drugs, his former trainer told investigators.
Brian McNamee told feds probing whether Clemens lied to Congress that the retired pitcher's nonprofit organization paid him for his training services, including providing the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs, The New York Times reported.
McNamee told authorities the Roger Clemens Foundation paid him from 1998 through 2001, according to several people briefed on the investigation, the Times reported. McNamee, who claims he injected Clemens with steroids, said he was also paid in cash and personal checks.
Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin disputed McNamee’s claims, saying it is McNamee who is the liar.
“Obviously, Roger never paid him for any drugs anytime and he never paid him out of the foundation for his training services at any time,” Hardin said. “The foundation’s records will show that.”
McNamee could not produce documents to support his accusations, according to the Times.
Clemens is under investigation for perjury stemming from his statements under oath to Congress in February 2008 in which he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.