I had the opportunity to watch a good bit of the testimonials before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that took place last Wednesday. You should know the one I am referring to whether you are a baseball fan or not. This was aired on Fox News and ESPN and Lord knows where else. Anyway, this was the Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee freak show where they took center stage to address allegations about steroid and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) usage from the Mitchell Report findings.
Many people feel that Congress has better things to do with their time. Since Congress has gotten involved and lit a fire under baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s butt, however, the implications have been impressive. Major League Baseball (MLB) has some of the strictest punishments for players getting caught of all the professional sports.
Here’s a quick version: McNamee (also a former policeman) testified that he injected Clemens with performance enhancing substances. Clemens denies it all. To say that McNamee’s credibility was under fire would be an understatement. He has repeatedly added to his story. At first he lied to protect his friends (Clemens being one of them). Then he chose to divulge only certain things, later adding more to his story under pressure from the Feds. One Congressman flat-out told him during the hearings “I don’t know what to believe, but I don’t believe you,” and another called him a “drug-dealer.”McNamee tried to argue the semantics of what a drug dealer is. It didn’t go over well for him.
Also coming to light (at least for me) during Wednesday’s brouhaha was the fact that McNamee’s PhD was obtained from some
Take McNamee out of the equation and you have Rocket Roger Clemens, as marquis as you can get of a pitcher in our day, who under his own admission has been fingered by a standup guy and former teammate Andy Pettitte. Though Pettitte didn’t testify that day, his presence in the form of an affidavit was there and he claims Clemens admitted to using illegal substances.
Pettitte’s reputation is supposedly impeccable, he is a god-fearing man. Why would he lie, anyway? He lied about being juiced himself, but eventually did come clean. Pettitte’s wife also told the feds that Rocket admitted it to him.