Pitcher Roger Clemens addressed accusations by trainer Brian McNamee that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, statements made to baseball drug investigator George Mitchell.
Clemens, who acknowledged receiving only B-12 and lidocaine injections from McNamee, filed a defamation suit against his accuser in a Texas court. Following comments made during an interview with “60 minutes,” Clemens played a recording of a phone conversation with McNamee, designed to paint McNamee as a liar, and irritably entertained questions from the media for about 15 minutes yesterday. Critics argue that yesterday’s news conference, along with the “60 Minutes” piece, did more to hurt the public opinion of the seven-time Cy Young winner than help. Our readers weigh in:
“Clemens is basically ‘doubling down’. By this time he has had extensive discussions with his attorneys to plot out their strategy. Here's the show: There is no physical evidence to implicate Clemens (needle with DNA, failed urine test, etc.), so it’s basically McNamee’s word against his. This lowers the stakes. What I mean by that is absent any evidence other than McNamee’s word that he used steroids, it is unlikely that Clemens could be convicted in a court of law for perjury. So, he can basically lie to Congress under oath, and lie on the stand during the lawsuit he filed. That's why it took so long for him to mount such a strident and aggressive defense. His legal team was analyzing and evaluating the downside of his basically coming out and denying it to the end. IMO, if he was really clean he would have gone nuts publicly the minute the Mitchell Report implicated him. That very day. He didn't because he circled the wagons with his lawyers to weigh his options and strategize. I have to give him credit for this well orchestrated and rehearsed denial, but it rings hollow upon analysis.” – AWH
"That Clemens interview today was pretty pathetic. Kind of get a pretty good picture of a true person that Clemens is - a big-mouth, eco-centric buffoon who belittles those who question him." – MG
"Regarding Clemens and lidocaine: lidocaine is not an anti-inflammatory, it's a numbing anesthetic, all of us have probably had it administered when we go to the Dentist. Now here is the fun part. When you go to the Dentist, where does he inject the lidocaine? In your mouth of course! Lidocaine is a LOCAL anesthetic. If you inject it into your butt, it will just make your butt numb and do absolutely nothing for your joints! So, what would be good to inject into a large muscle? Let's see? How about a Steroid! Clemens is lying and it's getting obvious now." – Tbone
"Tbone: Maybe Clemens was getting the lidocaine because, for him, all of those guys in the clubhouse and press corps were just pains in the ass." – Andy