Rocket Roger delivers

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

If you believed that Roger Clemens was guilty before the 60 Minutes interview, you likely still think so this morning.

And if you believed Clemens was telling the truth when he denied steroid allegations, you probably still believe him.

Mike Wallace, 89, a Yankees fan who was often in George Steinbrenner's private box during post-season games, conducted a fair interview on CBS last night.

He asked the questions. Clemens answered.

The questions were not all change-ups or batting practice fastballs.

Wallace asked Clemens if he would take a lie-detector test to prove his innocence. Clemens answered yes, but not before he gulped.

It was the first time Clemens was interviewed since the Mitchell Report was released on Dec. 13. In it, former Blue Jays strength coach Brian McNamee testified that he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998.

Wallace asked about the Mitchell Report in which McNamee testified that Clemens had approached him 1998 with the request to be injected with steroids.

"Never happened," said Clemens said, who then scored points by asking: "If I have these needles, steroids and all these drugs, where did I get them? Where is the person who gave them to me? Please, please, come forward."

In the big picture, last night was the Iowa primary. This story has legs and there are many miles to travel.

Clemens will speak again. The U.S. House of Representatives has asked the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, McNamee and others to appear at a hearing Jan. 16. Likely, Clemens and McNamee will sit beside one other, tell their conflicting stories under oath and then answer questions.

Jeff Novitzky, an IRS special agent who indicted Barry Bonds in November on felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, is looking into both Clemens and McNamee.

Clemens is likely retired but a lot is at stake. He is no longer the first-ballot lock for the Hall of Fame that he was a few years ago.

The Los Angeles Times published a report Oct. 1, 2006, stating that Clemens was named in a federal affidavit on steroid use. Two weeks ago, the affidavit was unsealed and Clemens' name was not included. The Times has since apologized.

Wallace asked Clemens why he did not testify before the Mitchell Report. Clemens said he listened to his counsel and had he "known (of McNamee's accusations), I'd have been there in a heartbeat."

"If he is doing all that he said he did to me, I should have a third ear coming out of my forehead," Clemens said last night. "I should be pulling tractors with my teeth."

McNamee further testified that Clemens stopped taking the steroids in 2001, after 16 to 21 injections.

"Why didn't I keep doing it if I was doing it? Why didn't my tendons turn to dust?" Clemens asked.

We're not sure how many times we've heard Clemens stand at his locker and answer questions. If Paul Molitor was an 'A' when it came to interviews, Clemens was a 'C.' Last night, his answers were 'A' level. He was angry. He looked stressed. He fought back. The only suspicious part was that big gulp.

Clemens originally released a video on his own website saying McNamee had not injected him with any drugs. Last night, he said McNamee's injections contained only vitamins and painkillers.

Wallace asked why McNamee would tell the truth about injecting Andy Pettitte and lie about Clemens. The latter claimed to be shocked at Pettitte.

McNamee told Mitchell he injected Pettitte with HGH in 2002. The lefty issued a statement saying he took two HGH injections while rehabbing his elbow. The court-of-opinion battle continues today.

"I don't know if I can defend myself," Clemens said. "I think people -- a lot of people -- have made their decisions. And that's our country, isn't it? Guilty before innocence."


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