WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens crisscrossed Capitol Hill,
hoping a handshake and a smile would help his cause. His accuser,
Brian McNamee, brought two photos showing syringes and vials and
even a crumpled beer can in a bid to bolster his side of the story.
The star pitcher and his former personal trainer, once steadfast
pals, each spent Thursday trying to persuade a House committee he
is telling the truth about whether McNamee injected Clemens with
steroids and human growth hormone.
"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," one of McNamee's lawyers, Earl Ward, said
slowly, as though recalling a line from a script.
After meeting with lawyers from the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee for a seven-hour deposition, McNamee
beat a path to an exit without saying a word to reporters. He left
the talking to his trio of lawyers, who discussed the two color
photos of items they say McNamee saved for several years and, when
tested, will link Clemens to the use of performance-enhancing
Less than an hour later, also in the Rayburn House Office
Building, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner held his own news
conference, after wrapping up the first of two days of meetings
with more than a dozen lawmakers, including committee chairman
Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis.
Clemens said little, but his lawyers repeatedly attacked
McNamee's character and scoffed at the newly presented evidence.
"This man has a total history of lying," Clemens' attorney
Rusty Hardin said.
McNamee's lawyers called on Clemens to provide a DNA sample.
Asked about that, Hardin said the pitcher would comply with any
request of that type from a federal authority.
"But they're going to have to come to us," Hardin said.
McNamee's attorneys did not know when the items would be tested
-- or when the results might be known.
"We look forward to the results of these tests," said another
McNamee lawyer, Richard Emery, "and we look forward to just
definitively finishing this whole controversy and ending this
Joe Householder, a spokesman for Clemens, told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand on Friday that neither federal investigators nor anyone connected to the Oversight Committee has yet to ask Clemens to submit DNA for testing.
McNamee's attorneys said he turned over physical evidence to
federal prosecutors, shortly after Clemens held a Jan. 7 nationally
televised news conference at which he played a taped conversation
between the two men.
"At that point," Ward said, "[McNamee] decided there was no
One photo shows a beer can that Emery said was taken out of a
trash can in Clemens' New York apartment in 2001. Emery said the
beer can contained needles used to inject Clemens. That picture
also shows what Emery said was gauze used to wipe blood off Clemens
after a shot.
The other photo shows vials of what Emery said were
testosterone, and unused needles -- items the attorney said Clemens
gave to McNamee.
While Clemens' camp called it "manufactured" evidence, Emery
said the items were "just a collection of stuff" thrown in a box
and "kept in a basement for seven years."
Emery said McNamee kept the items because he "had this inkling
and gut feeling that he couldn't trust Roger and better keep
something to protect himself in the future."
A relatively subdued Clemens said little at the news conference,
essentially repeating the types of brief comments he made earlier
Thursday as he walked through marble hallways.
"I'm just glad they made time in their schedule so I can go by
and talk to them today," Clemens said shortly before stepping
through the wood double doors to Davis' office.
Clemens met with Davis and Waxman for about 20 minutes, then
signed an autograph for a bystander upon exiting. That was one of
many times Clemens was asked to stop to affix his name to something
or pose for a snapshot.
"I'm ready for Wednesday to get here," he said at one point,
referring to the public hearing at which he, McNamee, Pettitte and
others are to testify.
Clemens spoke to the committee Tuesday -- the first time he
addressed McNamee's allegations under oath, and therefore the first
time he put himself at legal risk if he were to make false
Thursday's bizarre events served as something of a dress
rehearsal for Wednesday's session, which will be held in the same
wood-paneled hearing room that housed the committee's 2005 hearing
with Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.
That hearing was part of Congress' push to get baseball to
toughen its drug program, increasing tests and penalties. It also
led to former Senate majority leader George Mitchell's report on
doping in baseball, which contained McNamee's allegations that he
injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human
growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens repeatedly has
denied those accusations.
The 45-year-old Clemens, who pitched for the Yankees last
season, requested Thursday's meetings. He carried a white
three-ring binder as he headed from one House office building to
another, going through a garage and taking a freight elevator at
"Because the perception out there was so strong originally that
he did it and was lying, he's going to extra steps to try and
persuade and make people comfortable with the fact that he didn't
do it. He's having to take extraordinary measures because the
allegations are extraordinary," Hardin said.
Hardin said Clemens was meeting with individual representatives
"to assure them privately the same thing he's saying publicly --
that he didn't take steroids, and he didn't take human growth
hormone, and he's here to talk to anybody about it who wants to."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat on the committee, said
after speaking with Clemens: "While he asked for the meeting, I
wanted to make sure that when all the dust settles, that he fully
understood that baseball players -- whether they want to be or not --
are role models and that children are looking at them."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.