Radomski at federal courthouse
WASHINGTON -- The latest chapter in the Roger Clemens saga played out behind closed doors Thursday with admitted steroids supplier Kirk Radomski appearing before a federal grand jury that is considering whether to bring a perjury indictment against the pitching icon.Clemens landed in the legal crosshairs last February when he told Congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, contradicting testimony from his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee. It was Radomski who supplied the steroids and human growth hormone that McNamee told Congress he used to inject pro baseball players he trained, including Clemens.
The session Friday is likely to be a private session with Butler and perhaps federal investigators.
"I knew who his guys were, but I never asked questions," Radomski said last year of McNamee. "I didn't want to know. Can I assume? I can assume anything, but that is not my deal. He could have took the stuff and threw it out the window -- what do I know? But if Brian is saying this stuff [about injecting Clemens and pitcher Andy Pettitte], then I have to take Brian for his word."Pettitte, a longtime friend and teammate of Clemens, has admitted receiving HGH injections. And, in an affidavit given congressional staff under penalty of perjury, Pettitte said Clemens admitted during a conversation in 1999 or 2000 that he used HGH. Pettitte could be a witness if Clemens ever were to go to trial on perjury, though it is believed he has not yet appeared before the grand jury. The grand jury convened in response to a referral last February by Congress asking the Justice Department to investigate Clemens' sworn statements in a deposition and his testimony during a committee hearing. At that time, Clemens told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he had never taken anabolic steroids or HGH, though he had received in the past injections of vitamin B-12 and the painkiller lidocaine. Just weeks before, McNamee alleged in the Mitchell report that he had injected the pitching great with steroids and HGH. Almost a year ago, Clemens told lawmakers and a national TV audience, "I appreciate the opportunity to tell this committee and the public -- under oath -- what I have been saying all along: I have never used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other type of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I think these types of drugs should play no role in athletics at any level, and I fully support Sen. Mitchell's conclusions that steroids have no place in baseball. However, I take great issue with the report's allegations that I used these substances. Let me be clear again: I did not." Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.