Clemens' lawyers ask NY judge to toss suit

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for Roger Clemens are trying to persuade a judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed against the
seven-time Cy Young winner.

Clemens' legal team appeared Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. They argued that he had a right to publicly defend himself against doping allegations by his personal trainer, Brian McNamee, without being sued.

McNamee's lawyer told Judge Sterling Johnson that his client was the victim of a calculated campaign to destroy his reputation. They say Clemens was retaliating against him for alleging he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone.

The judge reserved decision.

Last month, Clemens was indicted for lying to Congress. He has a trial scheduled for April.

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