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Roger Clemens’ Attorney Now Hedging, Maybe He Was at Canseco’s Party

Ahah! Maybe a serious breakthrough in the Roger Clemens/Brian McNamee he-said/she-said ordeal. Friday it came out in the NY Daily News that some kid had photo evidence that Roger Clemens was indeed at a Jose Canseco party in 1998. That would be significant because McNamee testified that Clemens first became interested in steroids in 1998 when he talked with Canseco about ‘em at a party. Additionally, Clemens swore under oath that he was not at the Jose Canseco party. Now the latest report from the NY Daily News is that Clemens’ attorney Rusty Hardin is hedging on his original stance because of the photo. Hardin’s backtracking represents a major turning point in the case.

If you remember a few weeks ago, I pointed out that Rusty Hardin said in a news conference that this was the “second coming of the Duke Lacrosse case,” and that many of us who said Roger was a user would have to eat our words. That was the first time I was worried about jumping to the conclusion that Clemens was lying. Hardin was so forceful and persuasive in his speech that I really had no choice but to reconsider my stance. Well now after reading Hardin say “Roger was playing golf at the time of the party, and has stated that he may have stopped by the Canseco house after playing golf before heading to the ballpark for the game,” I have no choice but to think these guys are full of it. How could Clemens say he wasn’t at that party, but Hardin is now reading statements saying “hey, there’s always the possibility the guy was there.” What the heck is that? Either Roger is lying to his legal staff, or the legal staff knew Roger was lying the whole time. Point McNamee.

Andy Pettitte Knew from McNamee That Clemens Was Using Steroids

It wasn’t referred to at all in the affidavit. Nor was it mentioned in written or spoken reports throughout the coverage of this McNamee/Clemens mess. But like I told you before, I braved through Pettitte’s entire deposition so you don’t have to (because after all, I’m really looking out for you). And upon reading through the deposition, I came to find out for the first time that in addition to knowing Clemens used HGH, Andy Pettitte also knew that Roger Clemens allegedly used steroids. From the deposition:

Q: I’ll ask it again. Did you ever discuss Clemens’ steroids use with Brian McNamee?

A: Yes. … We were training in my gym. And I can just remember, you know, Mac telling me that Roger, you know, that he had gotten steroids for Roger.

Now I can understand why this was left out of the affidavit — this only is Pettitte finding out through a secondary source — McNamee. So once again this puts it into McNamee’s word and credibility. But still, I can’t believe that out of all the reports and investigating going on, that nobody has mentioned that Pettitte knew of Clemens’ alleged steroids use, in addition to his alleged HGH use. It really should have been in the affidavit that McNamee told Pettitte of Clemens’ alleged steroids use as well, now that I think about it. So there you go, as you’re probably hearing for the first time right here, Pettitte also knew of Roger’s alleged steroids use.

Congressman Elijah Cummings Crushed Roger Clemens, Made Sense

Out of the four hours and around forty minutes of testimony heard Wednesday morning in Congress by Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, all but one minute is superfluous. The exchange between Congressman Elijah Cummings and Roger Clemens was the paramount moment of the hearing and the apotheosis of cutting out b.s. and getting to the bottom line. The comments were noted by Jayson Stark in his blog:

“If I walked in here,” Cummings told Clemens, “and it was even Steven, you and Mr. McNamee, I must admit that the person I believe most & is Mr. Pettitte. When Mr. McNamee gave histestimony about Knoblauch and Pettitte, those allegations turned out to be true,” Cummings went on. “But for some reason, … when it comes to you, it’s a whole ‘nother thing. … How do you explain this?”

Clemens then insisted one more time that Pettitte had “misheard” him. Cummings wasn’t buying it.

“I’ve listened to you very carefully,” Cummings said. “And I take you at your word. And you’re telling me that Andy Pettitte is an honest man, and his credibility is pretty much impeccable. … You said you were misunderstood. But all I’m saying is, it’s hard to believe. It’s hard to believe your story.

“I hate to say that. You’re one of my heroes. But it’s hard to believe you.”

EXACTLY. How is it possible that McNamee was right about Knoblauch’s, Pettitte’s, and even Debbie’s HGH use, but not Roger’s? And if Pettitte’s word is the one to believe, then doesn’t that implicate Roger? Sure as heck does in my opinion. As forceful as Clemens is, and as persuasive as he legal team is, I still can’t get around that McNamee was right about everyone else (for as many inconsistencies as he’s had). While McNamee’s words aren’t 100% accurate, I think he’s telling the truth about the most important item — that Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs. Bottom line. And why were four hours of bullcrap needed when it took Cummings only one minute to lay out what really mattered?

By the way, I have another really trippy Roger Clemens story that places this whole ordeal in good context if you continue reading.

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Roger Clemens Dragging Wife Debbie Through the Mud?

Out of all the headlines saying that Andy Pettitte supposedly outed Roger Clemens in his meetings with Congress, everyone is missing one item I find to be particularly intriguing. According to the AP, Pettitte said in an affidavit that Clemens talked to him about 10 years ago about his HGH use. The AP says Clemens responded in the affidavit by saying Pettitte misunderstood him — Clemens supposedly was talking about his wife, Debbie’s HGH use, in that conversation 10 years ago. I’m really surprised that most people are missing this angle. Sure it’s huge news if Andy Pettitte outed Clemens, leaving the man subject to perjury charges. But is everyone missing the way Roger’s planning his defense of these charges? Almost worse than cheating the game by using steroids and HGH, not to mention lying about it, would be trying to pass the buck on your wife.

Here honey, your legacy isn’t on the line, you can take the bullet for me, right? Are you kidding me? I can’t believe I’m reading all this. I can’t speak definitively yet because this is only according to anonymous sources that told the AP, but still, the thought is just horrifically creepy. About the only thing I can think of that would be comparably bad was when Baylor coach Dave Bliss tried to cover up illegal financial aid trails by saying Patrick Dennehy paid his tuition by selling drugs, after Dennehy had been shot and killed by teammate Carlton Dotson. That was awful. This is pretty bad. I hope it’s not the truth, but maybe now we know why Roger walks and talks with such confidence: he’s blaming it all on his wife.

By the way, there is no mention of HGH use in Debbie Clemens’ recommended fitness tips. I know you were curious.

Clemens Lawyer Rusty Hardin: This Is Second Coming of Duke Lacrosse Case

In the half hour Roger Clemens propaganda rally Thursday, there was one statement that stood out to me. It was made by Clemens’ attorney Rusty Hardin, who did most of the speaking. Nothing much they had to say penetrated my skull except for this piercing blast by Mr. Hardin:

“You are about to see the second edition of the Duke case,” attorney Rusty Hardin said at a press conference in Washington. “I warn you, in five, six or seven months, any of you who got on the bandwagon about Roger taking steroids is going to be embarrassed. It’s a fabricated story.”

Well, I’m riding shotgun on this bandwagon. Hell, I’m the one steering the freakin’ rig. No doubt that crosses me sharply. Am I really getting sucked in and duped like the media and public were by that slimeball Mike Nifong? Could the public be as wrong about Clemens as they were about Duke Lacrosse? Count me as someone in the minority who thought the Duke Lacrosse charges were bogus to begin with. Am I in the majority here and doing the wrong thing by indicting Clemens based on the word of Brian McNamee? There wasn’t one moment all along that I doubted Roger Clemens was a user. But if anything disturbed my stance, it was this exact quote by Hardin; he’s forced me to re-check myself, and all of a sudden I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable.

Perjury at Stake: Either Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee Is Lying

So far both men have met with members of Congress and offered depositions. McNamee has said that Clemens used performance enhancing drugs — steroids and HGH. That came out in the Mitchell Report, and since that time, McNamee has supposedly furnished paraphernelia proving Clemens did the roids and growth hormone. That’s some complex ish, especially considering it comes the day after Clemens met with the Congressional committee and insisted he never did anything. Clearly both of them can’t be right at the same time since their statements contradict each other.

In case you haven’t put it together yet, and believe me, it takes a while to completely grasp the whole thing, one of these dudes is lying — horribly. Either Roger Clemens, or Brian McNamee, is completely full of horse crap. No messing around. These dudes are asking for perjury charges. One of them has knowingly lied to federal authorities. Considering how much info McNamee has on all these other players, I’m taking his word. That means Roger Clemens has formed all these responses vehemently denying his use of performance-enhancers and lied the whole time. At first you could have thought it was an act, like when he did videos on his own site or went on 60 Minutes. But oh no, it’s no longer an act. This is all for real, all too real.

So maybe Clemens figured there’s no way someone could prove he DID use steroids and HGH, that it would be a he said/she said situation. Maybe he figured he could hang his hat on that. Pretty brazen. Or stupid, if you ask me. Or maybe McNamee has been pressured by the government all along to say Clemens did it so that the Mitchell Report had some clout. And as far as the paraphernalia goes, I don’t buy that McNamee has steroids/HGH needles from 5-10 years ago with Clemens’ DNA on it. That’s maddening. But I do know that we’re at the point where either one of these two dudes has lied to congress and one of them is screwed. Proper screwed.

Oh, and by the way, how OLD and terrible did Clemens look in his congressional appearance Tuesday? Dude looked like David Wells.

Roger Clemens Won’t Call Steroids and HGH Users Cheaters

One part of Roger Clemens’ press conference today that stood out to me was when a reporter asked Clemens if he considered HGH and steroids users cheaters. Clemens did not directly answer the question — like he was scared to call himself a cheater. He was put on the spot and danced around the issue. He went into some rehearsed spiel about his thoughts on HGH and steroids that they are a “quick fix” that harm bodies and only used to make people “look good in a three-piece suit in a lobby.” He also said he didn’t think they helped players run faster, hit the ball harder, etc. — which seems like a defense of performance-enhancers if you ask me. The reporter had to follow-up to re-focus Roger and ask once again if he considered it cheating. Clemens still didn’t answer the question as to whether or not he considered HGH and steroid users cheaters, which they clearly are. All he said was that he was not going to pass judgment on other people.

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