Clemens' slander suit moved to federal court

February 12, 2008 11:44:28 AM PST
Roger Clemens' slander lawsuit against former trainer Brian McNamee has been moved to federal court. Clemens filed the suit last month in Harris County District Court in Houston. He accused his former personal trainer of slander over McNamee's allegation that he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs

But yesterday, McNamee's attorneys had the suit moved to federal court in Houston. The initial pretrial conference is set for April 4th.

In the Mitchell Report, McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens contends in his suit that the statements McNamee made were "untrue and defamatory."

McNamee's attorneys haven't responded to Clemens' suit.

Clemens and McNamee are to testify before a congressional hearing tomorrow on the Mitchell Report on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

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