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Roger Clemens responds to Roy Hallady PED diss

By Alex Butler   |   Updated Jan. 7, 2016 at 10:41 PM
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- When Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame by the highest voting percentage ever, Roy Halladay had some words regarding some who didn't make the cut.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner said Wednesday morning on Twitter that: "When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!"

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Late Wednesday night, Mark Berman, sports director at FOX 26 KRIV, tweeted a statement from Clemens regarding Halladay's statement.

"I was asked to comment on the subject of the Hall of Fame once again by some of my friends in the media," Clemens said in the text message. "I will say thank you again for those who took the time to vote. I have distanced myself from the subject and have moved on. Having said that, what is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher. Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the 'strength coach.' You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand."

Clemens received 45 percent of the vote, while Barry Bonds received 44 percent of the vote on the ballot this year. To gain election into the Hall of Fame, players need to gain 75 percent of the vote. Halladay will be included on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019.

On Thursday, Halladay tweeted: "I'll let my reputation speak for itself."

Clemens was named in the Mitchell report for allegedly using anabolic steroids during his career. He denied the allegation in 2008 in congress, was later charged with perjury, but was found not guilty.

Halladay and Clemens were teammates in 1998 on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jonathan Lehman, of the New York Post, wrote that the strength coach in question "would appear to be (Brian) McNamee, aka Clemens' estranged former trainer and PED aide de camp."

Clemens, 53, won seven Cy Young Awards, 354 games and World Series titles in 24 seasons for the Boston Red Sox, Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros. 'The Rocket' is No. 3 all-time with 4,672 strikeouts.

Halladay, 38, had 203 career victories, 2,117 strikeouts and two Cy Young Awards in 16 seasons for the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

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