New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte threw the prosecution of his friend Roger Clemens into disarray Wednesday when he testified that he could have misunderstood a conversation he had with Clemens about human growth hormone.
Pettitte said he thought Clemens told him some time in 1999 or 2000 that he used HGH, but he admitted under cross-examination that he was hazy on the details.
Is it possible, asked Clemens lawyer Mike Attanasio, that Pettitte misunderstood the critical conversation?
"I could have," was Pettitte’s reply.
Attanasio then asked Pettitte if he only had 50-50 confidence in his memory.
"That’s fair," he said.
Clemens has long maintained that Pettitte must have misremembered the conversation.
Pettitte, a close friend and longtime teammate of Clemens, was the only person expected to testify that Clemens used human growth hormone apart from Roger McNamee, a former strength trainer who claims he administered the drugs and saved needles with Clemens’ DNA.