Baseball superstar Roger Clemens denies he cheated by using banned substances and says his accuser, former trainer Brian McNamee, only injected him with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12.
Clemens tells this to Mike Wallace in his first interview since McNamee's accusations were released in the Mitchell Report. The interview will air on 60 Minutes, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
In the scathing report on the use of banned substances in Major League Baseball produced by former Sen. George Mitchell, McNamee says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone - both performance-enhancing drugs banned by the league.
When asked by Wallace if McNamee had ever injected him with any drugs, Clemens responds: "Lidocaine and B-12. It?s for my joints, and B-12 I still take today."
Clemens calls the accusation "ridiculous" and says he "never" used any banned substances.
"Swear?" asks Wallace.
" swear," says Clemens.
McNamee also accused fellow teammate Andy Pettitte of using HGH. Clemens denied the charge, while Pettitte admitted using HGH on two occasions while rehabbing an injury.
A total of 20 current and former Yankees were identified in the report.
Clemens was the biggest name in the report; the seven-time Cy Young Award winner has repeatedly denied using steroids or HGH.
Many of the allegations against Clemens came from McNamee. According to the report, McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, and steroids and HGH in 2000 and 2001, while with the New York Yankees.
Clemens posted a video last month on the Internet repeating his denials of the allegations against him in the report. McNamee's attorney, Ed Ward, has said his client stands by the accuracy of the information he gave to Mitchell.