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Clemens: "Too trusting" McNamee: "Loyal to fault"

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  February 13, 2008 10:48 AM

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Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee both made their opening statements, Clemens in a strong voice asserting his innocence, invoking the example of mother and grandmother in believing hard work and determination were the only way to be successful and there were "no shortcuts." McNamee, speaking quietly but in an unwavering voice, said he injected steroids and HGH into three players, that two of them, Pettitte and Knoblauch, confirmed his account, and the third, Clemens was sitting beside him. McNamee, invoking the words of his father, a member of the NYPD for 24 years, said his father had told him people are human and make mistakes, but that you have to acknowledge mistakes. McNamee said he was reluctant to tell the investigators what he'd done, in part because he felt he was betraying the players he trained. But "make no mistake," he said, "I told the truth.'' McNamee said he kept syringes and other physical evidence because he was wary and that Clemens might wind up "looking out for No. 1." When Clemens and his lawyers played a tape of a conversation he had with McNamee at a press conference, it was then he decided to tell investigators of the material he had kept.
Waxman earlier chastised McNamee for not being fully truthful with investigators about the number of times he'd injected players with steroids and HGH. He also noted that Clemens had lied to police officers in connection with an incident in 2001 not related to the steroids investigation, and that it impacted his credibility.

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