HOUSTON—Federal grand jurors, considering whether or not Roger Clemens committed perjury when he testified in front of Congress, will hear from a Houston-based personal trainer on Tuesday.
Kelly Blair, who owned Elite Personal Fitness in Pasadena, believes his testimony, if anything, may help the former Houston Astros pitcher.
“I never met Clemens and never gave him steroids,” said Blair while flanked by two attorneys at a downtown Houston office.
Blair has come under suspicion following the release of a book entitled “American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime.”
Blair said the book’s authors suggest that he supplied both Clemens and Andy Pettitte with Human Growth Hormone.
“It’s all lies and false accusations,” Blair said.
Attorneys have also filed a defamation lawsuit against the book’s publisher and authors, and are seeking up to $25 million in damages.
“You can’t just make false statements and trash somebody’s reputation and assume you won’t be held accountable,” said Jason Gibson of the Gibson Law Firm.
Blair continues to work as a personal fitness trainer, but closed his Pasadena gym last year. He claimed negative publicity forced him out of business.
“I’m nobody and they took everything away from me. That’s just not right,” Blair said.
Attorneys for the book’s authors and publisher did not return calls.