AP: "Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte were asked Friday to testify before a congressional committee on Jan. 16, along with their former trainer, Brian McNamee."
Roger Clemens's decision to issue a complete and utter denial of having used steroids or PEDs has always seemed like a failed strategy, not only because I think he's lying, but because it offers no wiggle room.
He is now unable to admit to a little wrong-doing, cry some fake tears, and beg for forgiveness. And now Fat Billy seems unable to keeping his story straight.
Roger Clemens, December 23, 2007:
I did not provide Brian McNamee with any drugs to inject into my body.MLB.com:
Roger Clemens told Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes" that ... his former trainer, Brian McNamee, only injected him with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12.Oops.
Lidocaine is a drug, isn't it? And why didn't Clemens mention these vitamins during his video apology?
Does Wallace ask Billy about this obvious contradiction? I don't know, but according to this advance report,
Clemens calls the accusation "ridiculous" and says he "never" used any banned substances. "Swear?" Wallace asked. "[I] swear," Clemens said.Jeez, let's hope that's not Wallace's toughest follow-up question.
One of McNamee's lawyers, Earl Ward, says McNamee stands by what he told Senator George Mitchell and federal investigators.
Brian has a master's degree in sports medicine. He knows the difference between Lidocaine, B-12 and testosterone. What he injected into Roger Clemens wasn't Lidocaine or B-12. It was testosterone.Another lawyer for McNamee, Richard Emery, says that Clemens will be facing a lawsuit if he claims that McNamee was not truthful. Emery also says he's mystified as to why Clemens's lawyers would allow him to do this interview.
So either Clemens will continue to say that McNamee is a bald-faced liar -- in which case, libel suit here we come! -- or he's planning on saying that McNamee was shooting him up with steroids and Honest Rog assumed they were harmless vitamins. (It's the ol' "OMG!!! They were steroids?!?!?" defense.)
This is going to be must-see TV this Sunday. I'm also hoping that some unbroadcasted parts slip out and hit the internet.