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Lawyers say McNamee has physical evidence against Clemens

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New York Times News Service / February 6, 2008

Brian McNamee's lawyers are promising to deliver a bombshell on Thursday against Roger Clemens.

McNamee, Clemens's former trainer, will produce "corroborative physical evidence" for congressional investigators that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, the trainer's lawyers said Wednesday.

According to a lawyer familiar with the matter, McNamee had syringes used to inject Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone that still had traces of Clemens' blood. McNamee gave those syringes to federal prosecutors last month when they came to New York to meet with McNamee and his lawyer, Earl Ward.

McNamee has asserted that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.

The lawyer said McNamee would sometimes inject Clemens at the pitcher's apartment in New York and would then take the syringes with him because he had a hazardous waste disposal at his own home in Queens. The lawyer said McNamee still had some of those syringes even after the Mitchell report was released last December and that he gave them to Internal Revenue Service special agent Jeff Novitzky. The lawyer said McNamee also had gauze pads used to remove blood from Clemens' skin after injections in 2000 and 2001. Those gauze pads have also been turned over to federal investigators.

McNamee is scheduled to give a deposition to the House Oversight committee on Thursday and his lawyers said his evidence would be released publicly after his session with congressional staff members.

Clemens gave a sworn deposition on Tuesday denying he had ever used steroids or human-growth hormone.

"This will totally corroborate that Brian has been telling the truth from the beginning," Ward, McNamee's lead lawyer, said in a telephone interview. "It takes it out of the category of he-said, he-said."

Another lawyer, Richard Emery, added, "Knoblauch and Pettitte and all the other people who corroborate Brian are going to be much less important than this physical evidence we provide." Chuck Knoblauch and Andy Pettitte are former teammates of Clemens' and former clients of McNamee's who have not denied McNamee's allegations that he injected them with human-growth hormone.

McNamee has told federal investigators and former Sen. George J. Mitchell, who produced a report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, that he injected Clemens at least 16 times with steroids and human-growth hormone.

Clemens flatly denied that assertion in a sworn deposition to congressional investigators on Tuesday and in earlier public statements. After a nearly five-hour, closed-door deposition on Tuesday, Clemens told reporters, "It was great to be able to tell them what I've been saying all along -- that I've never used steroids or growth hormone."

McNamee's charges and Clemens' denials are the main focus of a congressional investigation that is heading toward a House Oversight committee hearing next Wednesday in which both men have agreed to testify under oath. Lying to Congress is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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