McNamee: Clemens broke trust

Updated: December 11, 2008, 2:48 PM ET
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Roger Clemens will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013. Brian McNamee, the trainer whom Clemens is suing for defamation as a result of allegations he made in the Mitchell report, says there's no chance the right-hander will be enshrined.

You know, it takes a lifetime to build trust. All it takes is one monumental moment to break that trust and you're done. And that's what happened.

-- Brian McNamee on Roger Clemens

"He's done. He's not going to the Hall of Fame," McNamee said in a video interview with Web site sportsimproper.com. "There's no chance. Too much damage. Too much trust was broken. Between the people that gave him his career, the people that wrote about his career, and the people that supported his career."

Clemens won 354 games, seven Cy Young Awards and two World Series rings in a 24-year career. But McNamee's allegations that Clemens used steroids and human growth hormone may have irreparably damaged Clemens' chance to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"You know, it takes a lifetime to build trust. All it takes is one monumental moment to break that trust and you're done. And that's what happened," McNamee said in the interview. "It not only happened, but it happened at monumental lengths. So he's not deserving of the Hall of Fame."

FBI agents investigating Roger Clemens pored through medical records from his former teams earlier this year, looking for evidence that he perjured himself in February when he told Congress he had never used steroids or human growth hormone, several sources told ESPN's T.J. Quinn.

Agents met with club officials and attorneys from the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays in late spring, reviewing medical documents the teams had and interviewing some medical and training personnel.

"We've voluntarily complied in response to congressional requests. We would have provided them to the government," Rusty Hardin, Clemens' lawyer, said Tuesday, according to The Canadian Press. "We are delighted for any legitimate investigators to peruse Roger's medical records."

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