Making their pitches
Clemens lobbies; McNamee talks
Roger Clemens spent yesterday going door to door on Capitol Hill, lobbying congressmen investigating whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. His accuser, Brian McNamee, gave a seven-hour deposition behind closed doors, and the trainer's lawyers presented photographs of evidence they said prove the star pitcher was injected with steroids.
McNamee headed straight for an exit, not speaking to reporters, when he emerged from his interview with lawyers from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His attorneys wouldn't discuss the deposition, but they did talk at length about two color photographs they showed the committee for the first time.
"Roger Clemens has put himself in a position where his legacy as the greatest pitcher in baseball will depend less on his ERA and more on his DNA," said one of McNamee's lawyers, Earl Ward.
Less than an hour later, and a short walk away inside the Rayburn House Office Building, Clemens held his own news conference, during which his lawyers repeatedly attacked McNamee's character and scoffed at McNamee's newly presented evidence.
"This man has a total history of lying," said Clemens's attorney, Rusty Hardin.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner's repeated denials of McNamee's allegations in the Mitchell Report about drug use drew Congress's attention. Clemens spoke to the committee Tuesday - the first time he addressed the allegations under oath and, therefore, the first time he put himself at legal risk if he were to make false statements.
A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, when Clemens and McNamee are to testify.
McNamee's attorneys said their client turned over physical evidence to a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of California last month, shortly after Clemens held a Jan. 7 nationally televised news conference at which he played a taped conversation between the two with conflicting accounts.
"At that point," Ward said, "[McNamee] decided there was no holds barred."
One photo shows a crushed beer can that Richard Emery, another of McNamee's attorneys, said was taken out of a trash can in Clemens's New York apartment in 2001. Emery said the can contained needles used to inject Clemens. That picture shows what Emery said was gauze used to wipe blood off Clemens.
The other picture shows vials of what Emery said were testosterone and needles - items the attorney said Clemens gave McNamee for safekeeping at the end of the 2002 season.
"We invite Roger Clemens to provide his DNA to the federal government," Ward said.
Hardin said the former Red Sox star would comply with any request of that type from a federal authority.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse attendant who implicated dozens of current and former major leaguers in the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report, will ask a federal judge today for a sentence of probation rather than prison following his guilty plea to felony charges of distributing steroids and laundering money.