Thursday, January 3, 2008

Who Does Roger Clemens Really Think He's Fooling? Will Issue His Mea Culpa on 60 Minutes

As I have seen, Roger Clemens is the only player so from the Mitchell Report to flat-out deny his usage to the point where he's taking action.

Now the story is getting even more bizzare.

In a interview done with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes that will appear this Sunday, oger Clemens said former trainer Brian McNamee injected him with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12.

Really? This excuse was used by former Oriole Miguel Tejada. Honestly, who did you believe?

Do you think a personal trainer who's facing jail time does not know what he gave his client?

Good lord.

From In the first excerpts released from the pitcher's interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," which is to be broadcast Sunday night, Clemens maintained the denials he has issued since McNamee implicated him in the Mitchell report on doping in baseball, which was released Dec. 13.

McNamee, a former strength coach for the Blue Jays and Yankees, told Mitchell he personally injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while they were with Toronto, and with steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001 while with New York.

"Roger took bunches of his shots over his career, much the way racehorses do, unfortunately," Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said after the excepts were released Thursday.

Clemens issued a video statement on Dec. 23 denying McNamee's accusations and plans to hold a news conference Monday. Clemens did not mention injections of painkillers or vitamins.

"That short statement didn't go into any details and simply told the public at large he did not take steroids or any other performance-enhancing drugs. That's never been a contention of his," Hardin said.

"The reason he hasn't stepped out personally before now was really our decision, not his, and that was to more deliberately look into how in the world the Mitchell report could have reached what we believe was this totally wrong conclusion before we started talking out. Now we're more comfortable with all of that, and he's going to answer whatever questions they have."

During the CBS interview, recorded last Friday at Clemens' home in Katy, Texas, Clemens was asked whether McNamee had injected him with any drugs.

"Lidocaine and B-12," Clemens responded. "It's for my joints, and B-12 I still take today."

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that can be used by dentists and in minor surgery. It also is available as part of ointments used to treat skin inflammation.

Clemens told CBS that McNamee's accusation was "ridiculous" and said he "never" used banned substances.

"Swear?" CBS's Mike Wallace asked Clemens.

"Swear," Clemens responded.

Now, the only who will win this case are the lawyers, and Clemens could be digging himself a bigger hole if he's lying. According to the AP, the pitcher may face a lawsuit if he's found to be untruthful by Brian McNamee's counsel.

Business is about to pick up, and things may become real ugly.

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