“Liars need good memories”, French Proverb
Is Roger Clemens getting in deeper in denying the Rocket Fuel mess? A New York Times piece says that a representative of Clemens's agent (Hendricks Sports Management) met with Brian McNamee to speak about breaking steroid investigations.
The taped Clemens's phone call with McNamee on Jan 4, reveals the details. McNamee informed Jim Murray, A Hendricks partner, that Kirk Radomski fell into federal hands. Radomski sold McNamee the disputed steroids and HGH that McNamee allegedly injected into the disputed butt of an alleged Clemens. (Do Mafia investigations become this entwined? I suspect everyone with a dirty little secret leaves a very twisted path).
At two points in the tape, McNamee cites meetings he had with Murray. In the first instance, McNamee tells Clemens that he spoke with Murray after it was revealed in April 2007 that Kirk Radomski was cooperating with federal prosecutors.
So Roger Clemens and his lawyer Rusty Hardin released a tape that may contain a smoking gun? We go on, and remember Clemens claims he was broadsided by the steroid allegations. Right...
In the taped conversation, Clemens appears to indicate some concern about Radomski. “I don’t know how many months ago it was, I asked you, you know, I didn’t know who this cat was in the New York Mets — this guy,” Clemens said.
McNamee replied: “I told your guys, man. I told Murray, I told him his name. I told Murray.”
Clemens said: “I asked you point blank. I said, Do you know who this cat is when we were working? I said there’s some rumblings about some guys with the Mets. Do you know who this guy is? You told me no.”
“I met with Jimmy in ’04, and I told him. I said Jimmy, I just wanted to give you guys a heads-up because you better have some information. I’d rather you be prepared than unprepared,” McNamee said.
McNamee’s lawyers, in response to questions about the tape, said McNamee had met with Murray because he feared Clemens would fail a drug test.
Earl Ward, McNamee’s lead lawyer, said that although McNamee was no longer injecting Clemens, he was concerned that Clemens was still using performance-enhancing substances.
“He did speak to Murray about his suspicions, his concerns that Major League Baseball had implemented testing and that Roger could have a problem,” Ward said in a telephone interview after speaking with McNamee on Friday night.
Wow. We are expecting Fredo to go fishing, or for Michael to head to the restroom at while dining with Sollozzo at Louis's. If this conversation took place, then it would lend credibility to McNamee's claims -- which were given under oath and under threat of felony charges.
Clemens's defense appears misguided and errant, as noted by John Royal here.
- Clemens claiming the steroid allegations blindsided him, says Mitchell attempted to contact him once; in fact Mitchell wrote him twice, and supplied McNamee's allegations
- In fact, Clemens's lawyer interviewed McNamee about the situation BEFORE the Mitchell report came out
McNamee's attorney is also claiming Hardin, now representing Clemens, also represented Andy Pettitte at some point. Ouchie moma... Lupica thinks Clemens is in trouble too.
(more specifics after the jump)
The New York Daily News gets down to more of the nitty gritty:
According to Earl Ward, McNamee's lawyer, McNamee met Jim Murray for coffee a few blocks from Clemens' apartment - the same place the trainer says he shot up Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. Murray works for Randy and Alan Hendricks, Clemens' agents.
"The meeting coincided with baseball's announcement of testing," said Earl Ward, McNamee's lawyer. "Brian wanted to let them know Roger had some problems. They discussed steroid use, and this was as far back as 2003 or 2004, and Murray took notes."
Clemens has denied that he had prior knowledge of McNamee's claims that he injected the Rocket with performance-enhancers, as detailed in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball, even though he hired Houston defense attorney Rusty Hardin several days before the report was released on Dec. 13, and Hardin sent investigators to interview McNamee the day before the report's release...
n the tape, Clemens is heard appearing to tell McNamee that he had asked him several months ago whether he knew Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse attendant who distributed steroids to players and others in baseball and was a primary source of information in the Mitchell Report, and that McNamee had said "no."
According to a transcript of the tape, which Clemens released publicly, McNamee is heard saying, "I did speak ... I told your guys, man. I told Murray. I told him his name ... I told Murray."
"I asked you point blank," Clemens responds, "I said you know this cat is when we were working (beeped out) you told me 'no."
McNamee then goes on to say, "I told Jim Murray. I told Jim Murray. I told him. I told him. I sat down with him in Starbucks on the corner where you used to live, and I told him the guy's name."
According to Ward, the trainer definitely was referring to the 2003 or 2004 meeting in the exchange, in which he says he was asked by Murray who he had gotten steroids and HGH from. McNamee told Murray that he was getting steroids from "someone named Kirk. It was a lengthy meeting and Murray took all kinds of notes."
McNamee also contacted Murray again, according to Ward, the week before the Mitchell Report was released, to warn him that Clemens and another Hendricks brothers client, Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte, were in the report as having used performance-enhancers. Pettitte has admitted that he used human growth hormone twice as he recovered from an elbow injury. Ward says Murray called McNamee back and that he believes Murray taped that call, possibly at the behest of Hardin, who deployed his own investigators to talk to - and tape - McNamee the day before the report was released.