Clemens set for Tuesday interview

Updated: May 12, 2009, 12:33 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens was scheduled for an interview on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" at 8:25 a.m. ET Tuesday, the publication date of an unflattering book about the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

"American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime" by four New York Daily News reporters covers the pitcher's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, charges he has repeatedly denied.

"He was asked to do it," Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Monday about the interview. "That would be my guess as to what the impetus for it is, but I'm not sure. There's nothing new about the case that would spark it."

Clemens is under investigation by a federal grand jury in Washington that is trying to determine whether he lied when he told a congressional committee last year that he had not used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. He has also sued his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who told baseball investigator George Mitchell that he had injected Clemens with drugs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.