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Andy Pettitte expected to testify in Roger Clemens perjury trial

Mar 24, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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This has been expected news all along, but the Associated Press reported last night that prosecutors plan to have Andy Pettitte testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which is set to begin jury selection on April 16.

The government says Pettitte will testify about his use of human growth hormone with the assistance of Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer. Pettitte has previously acknowledged that McNamee injected him twice with HGH while he was recovering from an injury.

Pettitte came out of retirement last week and signed a one-year, $2.5 million minor league contract with the Yankees. The current timeline has the 39-year-old southpaw being major-league ready by around May 1, so the trial shouldn’t have a big impact on his status.

  1. humanexcrement - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Dude, when the feds start knocking on your door, it’s time to start telling the truth. That’s why guys like Pettite and Jason giambi manned up and just admitted what they had done. Have you heard about anyone prosecuting people for using steroids? No. Distribution, yes. Perjury yes. But simple use? Never.

  2. cur68 - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    How the Feds bungled the opening of this case against Clemens is beyond me. With Pettitte’s testimony they pretty much have him. The real tragedy for Clemens is that he had a blueprint for how to handle it based on the Pettitte Method: either say nothing or admit to as many times as they had evidence for, say you’re sorry, and gracefully retire till most people forget. What’s more, Clemens is bringing it all back up again and reminding the HOF voters that Andy Pettitte used HGH and placing him front & center in the biggest steroid trial in sports.

  3. mybrunoblog - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I admire Andy pettitte. He made a mistake and owned up to it.
    Clemens? Different story. Maybe Clemens can use Rafael palmeiro as a rebuttal character witness.

  4. dsimp724 - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Can clemens go with the sosa defense. No habla englais

    • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      No, but he can always go with the Michelle Bachman defense: no puedo conocer.

  5. pellypell - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Snitch.

    • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Moron.

    • humanexcrement - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Yeah, what a snitch. A guy who won’t commit a federal offense (perjury) for one of the top ten assholes in the history of mankind. And this is coming from a Yankee fan.

  6. bigharold - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    The problem the governments case has is their key witness is Brian Mc Namee is a guy that admitted that he lied to the government. And, now says he’s telling the truth, … so that he does have to go to jail for distribution and lying to the government. I’m sure Clemen’s lawyers will beat that drum like a four minute Keith Moon solo.

    Say what you will about Clemens but Mc Namee is a flat out dirt bag and is even less credible than Clemens.

  7. makeham98 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I don’t admire Andy Pettite. He only admitted his cheating when he showed up in a report.

  8. mudhead123 - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    What players admitted before suspicion?

    • Old Gator - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Creepies, Mudhead, where’s your school spirit?

      Peorgie points out, however, that although Pettitte did nothing in itself admirable, compared to the recalcitrant lying of several of his colleagues he seems admirable for merely being practical. Weighing the consequences of admission against the far more onerous consequences of being nailed for perjury, he chose to consult his public relations people and make the best of an ugly situation.

      As Vonnegut famously remarked, so it goes.

      • rpb1234 - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        Andy actually admitted his usage long before being asked to testify. He agreed to testify against Clemens, formerly a good friend, because he would not lie for him. He admitted to his usage and tried to move past it. I do not believe that this was a calculated PR move.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:07 AM

        It has nothing to do with being asked to testify. He admitted his usage after his name was leaked as being on the congressional report, if I’m not mistaken. He saw the handwriting on the wall.

  9. buffalomafia - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    To be honest steroids like andro gel, testosterone pills are available @ the vitamin store now! So who cares about steroids!

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