HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens' attorney took the next step in defending the seven-time All-Star when he issued a statement regarding further fallout from the recently-released Mitchell Report.
In light of an Associated Press report on Thursday that revealed Clemens and Andy Pettitte were not named in the Jason Grimsley affidavit, Houston-based attorney Rusty Hardin released the following statement:
"When this grossly inaccurate story broke in October 2006, Roger said it was untrue and the Los Angeles Times chose not to believe him. As the record now clearly proves, Roger was telling the truth then, just as he continues to tell the truth today.
"Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer."
Hardin is referring to a Los Angeles Times story in October of 2006 targeting Clemens and Pettitte as two of several players whose names were redacted in the Grimsley affidavit. The affidavit identified several current and former Major Leaguers as having obtained and used performance enhancing drugs and amphetamines.
At the time of the report, Pettitte and Clemens emphatically denied the allegations.
According to The AP, the Times said it would run a correction in Friday's paper.
"We acknowledge the inaccuracies of the report and deeply regret the mistake," Times spokesman Stephan Pechdimaldji said to The AP.
In a separate two-page order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward C. Voss in Phoenix cited the newspaper for "abusive reporting" in its article that linked Clemens to the affidavit, according to The AP.
"At best, the article is an example of irresponsible reporting," Voss wrote. "At worst, the 'facts' reported were simply manufactured. ... Hopefully, any reference to the Times article as authoritative will now cease."
In the affidavit, Grimsley accused Jose Canseco, Len Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa of taking steroids. He also accused Chuck Knoblauch of using human growth hormone; David Segui and Allen Watson of using performance-enhancing drugs; and Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Incaviglia of taking amphetamines, according to IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky's sworn statement.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.