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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.

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.