The AP reports that Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte may be the one to spill the beans about Roger Clemens's steroid use at Congressional depositions next week. Clemens's trainer Brian McNamee's lawyer is hoping Pettitte will testify about Clemens. However, follow the story closely: seems McNamee's lawyer hopes for alot.
The lawyer, Earl Ward, said Pettitte talked about HGH with trainer Brian McNamee following a conversation with Clemens, who has denied that he used HGH or steroids. McNamee worked with both Clemens and Pettitte.
"We're hopeful based on Andy's reputation that he will corroborate Brian's statements with regard to Roger," Ward said in a telephone interview.
"Hopeful" That's not a sure thing. Both Pettitte and Clemens stand accused of PEDs by the Mitchell Report. Pettitte admitted to brief HGH use; Clemens rigorously fights any PED charges.
Pettitte's meeting with a congressional committee investigating drug use in baseball was postponed until Monday. He originally was slated to appear for a deposition or transcribed interview Wednesday but the date was changed Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
McNamee said in last month's Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens at least 16 times with steroids or HGH in 1998, 2000 and 2001. He said he injected Pettitte two to four times with HGH.
Pettitte admitted two days after the Mitchell Report was released that he tried HGH for two days in 2002 â before it was banned by players and owners.
Here is the meat of the story. Sounds like a stretch:
Ward said the discussion he was referring to occurred at Clemens' house.
"Based on what we know, there was a situation where Andy was speaking to Roger in Brian's presence, then Andy came over to Brian and essentially said, 'Why didn't you tell me about this stuff?' He referred to HGH," Ward said. "Brian discouraged him and then several months later, when he (Pettitte) got injured, he came back and asked Brian about it, and that's when Brian injected him. We believe that based on the fact that Andy came to Brian and asked him about HGH, it was Roger who told Andy about HGH and that's why he asked Brian about it."
Oh, the audacity of hope.