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Brian McNamee on Roger Clemens: “I was pretty much in charge of his body”

May 14, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Brian McNamee

Today, the prosecution in the Roger Clemens case finally, after four weeks of trial, put on their star witness: Brian McNamee. He’s still testifying as this post goes live.

The beef of it all: McNamee testified that he injected Roger Clemens with steroids about eight to 10 times when they both were with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He said Clemens supplied the PEDs, McNamee did the injecting.  In his overall training, however, McNamee was in charge. That quote in the headline was part of his testimony today.

Pfun Pfact: the first time McNamee ever saw steroids was when Jose Canseco, also with the Blue Jays, gave him some syringes wrapped in tin foil. Just thought that was interesting.

Anyway, the key here — that McNamee injected Clemens with what they both knew to be steroids — has been what McNamee has said all along. He is the only witness in this trial who has first-hand evidence of Clemens’ PED use. No one who testified in the Barry Bonds case had similar evidence against Bonds, for that matter.  It’s the fundamental difference between this prosecution and the Bonds prosecution, and the reason why Clemens faces substantially more legal risk than did Bonds, even with the prosecution seemingly stepping on its own feet so many times in the past couple of weeks.

But direct examination — which is what we got today — is only half the story.  McNammee will be cross-examined tomorrow. And, as we have noted many times, there is a lot the defense can fire at him to harm his credibility.  How he holds up to that cross examination will likely determine whether Roger Clemens is convicted or acquitted.

  1. El Bravo - May 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    [duhn duhn] (Law & Order sound byte)

  2. pxeeks - May 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Clemens is a legend. It’s getting so old. Let it rest. Give me the money they are wasting at Court for this. It could be used more productively by me !

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Yeah he’s a legend so he should get away with crime. That just makes a ton of sense.

  3. schlom - May 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The first time he saw steroids was when Jose Canseco gave them to him? I find that really hard to believe. In fact, I’m nearly 100% certain that is a lie. So if he’d lie about such a minor detail that has absolutely no bearing on the case, what else is he lying about?

  4. jwbiii - May 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    McNamee testified that he injected Roger Clemens with steroids about eight to 10 times when they both were with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    That’s not what the Mitchell Report says he said.

  5. thetruth702 - May 15, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Mcnamee is a piece of trash

  6. mjay424 - May 15, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    Roger Clemens is a Hall of Fame player. Period. None of this changes my viewpoint.

    However, he very likely is also a rule breaker, cheater, liar.

    That’s a stain on his character. He probably is an arrogant chump in denial who refuses to take accountability for his actions. There’s lots of those people.

    I think this whole thing is ridiculous. To spend so much money on it is grandstanding.

    Would I love to see him busted? If guilty, yeah? But is he going to get legally hurt with jail time?


    Look at all the band. Did Bonds and McGwire, cartoon bodies, go to jail? Raffy? Anyone of elite status? Anyone?

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