Clemens' actions in 2008 costly

Vigorous defense against PED use gave accuser impetus to bring out evidence

Updated: June 7, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- No one would ever suggest that a press conference is the highest and best form of communication, but the Roger Clemens press conference in January 2008 after the release of the Mitchell Report may have been a low point in the long and rich history of disastrous press statements.

Enraged that he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, Clemens hired a public relations consultant, a crisis management expert and a battery of lawyers to launch a counterattack.

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