July 11, 2011 by staff
Roger Clemens, Under the legal jargon, the perjury trial of former Yankees star Roger Clemens is a story of two men: the baseball star and coach. The couple stood next to the heights of his profession only to become bitter enemies who destroyed the reputation of each of the men of the family standing were the best at what they did.
The mutual harm is intended to worsen over the next few weeks as the pitcher is removed from court on charges he lied to Congress when he denied having used doping substances. Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee, said he repeatedly injected his big name client with steroids and human growth hormone and even saved some of the needles and gauze.
Clemens says McNamee is a liar who fabricated evidence to blackmail him with the designs. Clemens said McNamee “has led to a full-court attack on my credibility.”
Given that McNamee’s accusations were released in December 2007 with the publication of a research report from the majors, Clemens Hall of Fame prospects have been destroyed. His image as a devoted husband and father of four has been tarnished by allegations of a list of other women on the road.
McNamee has been accused of worse than infidelity. Clemens lawyers say they have evidence of his client main accuser sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after giving her a date rape drug.
“I trusted him, put my faith in him and took him around my family and my children,” Clemens said in testimony before Congress during his last public face to face with McNamee in 2008. Clemens’ denial of McNamee’s accusations under oath before Congress is what led to the criminal charges he faces in the trial in federal court in the District of Columbia.
“McNamee was good at what they do – helping me exercise, diet and stay fit,” said Clemens told lawmakers. “We share an interest in grueling, military-style workouts, but he never asked and never gave me steroids or human growth hormone. I had no idea that this man would exploit the trust that was given to try to save his own skin for inventing lies that have devastated my family and me. ”
It’s a long fall from his decade-long friendship built on big league clubs and weight rooms. They were forced from the time after the first meeting in 1998, when McNamee got a job as strength and conditioning coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, Clemens’s team at the moment.
A resident of Queens for a lifetime and one-time New York police officer who worked undercover in the city, McNamee had been a baseball catcher at the University of San Juan. In 1993, McNamee got a job as bullpen and receiver batting practice pitcher for the Yankees in New York. That took the job with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he began working with Clemens.
Both lived at the hotel attached to the stadium of the team. McNamee said in the first summer in Toronto in 1998, McNamee gave Clemens needles and vials labeled steroid Winstrol and asked for help for injection. McNamee said he injected Clemens in the buttocks repeatedly over the coming weeks in the hotel apartment Clemens and his performance showed remarkable improvement.
The following year, Clemens was traded to the Yankees and persuaded his new team to hire McNamee as the assistant strength and conditioning coach when his contract with the Jays was in 2000. McNamee needed to be a staff member of the team to ride in the letters of equipment, but Clemens personally covered part of his salary and also paid to the training staff during the season at home in Houston.
McNamee said Clemens after his arrival made it clear he was ready to use steroids again and the coach suggested she also try human growth hormone. McNamee said during the last part of the regular season, perhaps as Clemens began to tire, he injected the star pitcher repeatedly with both drugs at Clemens’s apartment in New York. This time, McNamee said supply of drugs.
The following season, 2001, Clemens was the best with the Yankees. He finished 20-3, won his sixth CY Young and journalists in search of his secret, and wrote of his intense training with McNamee.
“It’s hard for any pitcher in New York to be out of shape with the regime of McNamee,” U.S. Today reported on July 13, 2001. The article describes the training and long distance races, fieldwork and heavy abdominal 600-2000.
“The benefits are visible in thick legs that Clemens provided the impetus to keep his fastball humming at 95 mph, and muscled arms that reduce wear and tear of throwing a splitter,” the article said.
Newsday reported September 10, 2001, Clemens was fortunate to have played for Toronto, as it gave the opportunity to meet with McNamee, his “secret weapon” and “guru of training.”
“McNamee is a type of strain that hit it off immediately with Clemens, possibly due to their common interest in preventing the talk and wasting time” to go to work, Newsday said.
McNamee now claims that his “secret weapon” that summer include more steroid injections. But after the season, McNamee said Clemens never again asked for drugs.
According to Clemens, 2001 was also the year of their friendship began to unravel slowly because the events he did not discover until much later after their relationship soured.
During the tour of the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in October 2001, police reports said that McNamee was spotted having sex with a woman incoherent in a hotel pool in St. Petersburg. The woman told police she could not remember what happened. The date rape drug GHB was found in his system.
McNamee was never charged, but laid to investigators, even denying that he worked for the Yankees. His contract was not renewed. McNamee denied having assaulted the woman, but told police he was trying to get her out of the pool and rescue her from drowning.
McNamee said around this time he decided he had to protect himself because “while I admired Roger Clemens, do not think that I trusted him.” He says he took some of the vials of steroids, needles and swabs used to clean the blood of Clemens, put them in a Ziploc bag and a Miller Lite can and saves everything in a FedEx box in the basement of his home.
“Maybe my years as an officer of New York police made me suspicious, but I just had a sense of whether this time it exploded and things got messy, Roger would be looking out for No. 1,” McNamee said during the testimony before Congress in February 2008, sitting a few yards from his old friend. “I saw the syringes as evidence that prevent me from being the only scapegoat.”
Clemens’ lawyer says McNamee evidence produced after the Florida investigation because he was worried about losing his job and wanted something Yankee to convince Clemens to keep using it. But, he said Clemens believes that his friend’s explanation of what happened in the pool and hired him as a personal trainer even though she was not allowed in the clubhouse Yankee.
In 2006, a newspaper reported that Clemens and McNamee were part of a criminal investigation into doping. Both denied Clemens used steroids and Clemens told The New York Times, “I will continue to use Mac to train. He is one of a kind.”
That would change in a year.
Federal investigators found McNamee had been purchasing drugs and pressured him to reveal the final beneficiaries to avoid prosecution. He said he supplied Clemens and other players, including Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch Yankees, now retired. Pettitte and Knoblauch acknowledged that McNamee obtained drugs.
McNamee told Congress he did not want to expose the players, but faced perjury charges if he lied. “I have no reason to lie and reasons not to,” said McNamee.
“My life is ruined, and it is painful beyond words to know that my name will be forever linked with the scandal in the sport I love,” the coach said.
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