WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of Roger Clemens' 2008 congressional appearance, his lawyer warned federal agent Jeff Novitzky that if he ever messed with the former pitcher, Clemens would "eat his lunch."
On Thursday, Novitzky testified before and after lunch in the Clemens perjury trial resulting from that appearance. He never wavered despite an often testy exchange with the lawyer, Rusty Hardin.
Novitzky now is a key witness as the government tries to prove that Clemens lied at that 2008 hearing when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.
On Thursday, Novitzky sat about 20 feet from Clemens and methodically described the physical evidence he had collected from Clemens' former strength coach. Prosecutors hope that evidence will prove the pitcher did in fact use steroids and HGH.
The trial resumes Monday.