Saturday, February 9, 2008
Brian McNamee told congressional investigators he injected Roger Clemens's wife with human growth hormone -- at the seven-time Cy Young Award winner's direction -- before the couple posed for a 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition photo shoot, a lawyer familiar with his testimony said yesterday.
The lawyer spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of McNamee's testimony during his Capitol Hill deposition on Thursday have not been publicly released. McNamee's statements about Debbie Clemens were first reported by the New York Daily News yesterday on its Web site.
Roger Clemens and McNamee are scheduled to testify publicly Wednesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. McNamee told baseball investigator George J. Mitchell that he injected Clemens at least 16 times with steroids and HGH in 1998, 2000 and 2001, allegations the star pitcher repeatedly has denied.
Clemens did not comment on the latest accusation, which came out as he wrapped up a second day of face-to-face meetings with members of Congress. Clemens's attorneys, Rusty Hardin and Lanny Breuer, did not directly address the issue when asked about it.
"Did Roger get the Cy Young 'cause his wife took the HGH?" Breuer asked.
Referring to McNamee, Hardin said, "This guy is a colossal liar, and he has absolutely no shame."
Asked specifically about the portion of the report that said Clemens played a role in what happened, Hardin said, "To say that Roger directed that kind of thing is a colossal lie."
Clemens met with seven lawmakers yesterday and 12 on Thursday. He delivered his sworn testimony over five hours on Tuesday. McNamee's turn came Thursday, when he met for seven hours with congressional lawyers.
-- From News Services