Steroid Saga Takes Turn for Dramatic, Gross
Thursday, February 07, 2008 at 2:25 pm
Congress’s sweeping probe into performance enhancing drug use in baseball now seems more like a public feud between Roger Clemens and his ex-personal trainer Brian McNamee.
McNamee walked into the House’s Rayburn office building this afternoon carrying seven-years old bloody syringes, vials and gauze pads. His lawyer’s promised that this unseemly trash is the treasure proving his client truthfully accused Clemens of using steroids and human growth hormones.
McNamee presumably told Congressional investigators the same thing under oath this afternoon. Clemens responded by flying back to Washington today for an impromptu talk with House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and ranking Republican Tom Davis, R-Va.
Clemen’s lawyer, Lanny Breuer- who last appeared before the oversight committee representing Haliburton, said McNamee’s production of doping paraphernalia strains credibility. Breuer might have a point, considering McNamee did not tell George Mitchell when Mitchell was working on his Justice Department report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball. In fact, McNamee withheld the evidence until yesterday- the day after Clemens talked to investigators.
A McNamee lawyer has declared that “it’s war” between his client and Clemens. Another Clemens lawyer, Rust Hardin, fired back today that it’s, “a psycho thing, his sitting on syringes for nine years.”
The oversight committee has pressed on with issuing subpoena’s and calling hearings saying steroids in baseball is an important public health issue. Will they draw their focus on nailing Clemens (or McNamee) or will they refocus on how doping undermines Major League Baseball, sets a bad example for the kids, etc.? Tune in next Wednesday when McNamee, Clemens and his Yankee teammates give televised testimony before the committee.
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