How deep does the Clemens-McNamee-Pettitte-Canseco-Steroids-Mitchell-Congress affair go? Like an onion this story peels off new layers every day.
Remember the Clemens-Canseco party thing, where trainer Brain McNamee says Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco discussed Winstrol? This party now appears to be gaining momentum as the most famous party since Chappaquiddick. Was Canseco in attendance or was he not?
Clemens says no. Canseco says no. McNamee says yes. Clemens's nany says yes and no. A photo of Clemens and an 11 year-old says maybe. Then a MLB player says Clemens' and Canseco's wives breasts augment the 'yes' vote.
Now, Newsday reveals former Yankee, Met, Tiger, Astor etc. etc. CJ Nitkowski called in this information to Congress. Maybe. He kinda remembers. Not to mention CJ Nitkowski and Brain McNamee go way back...
Former major-league pitcher C.J. Nitkowski told Newsday Wednesday night that he recently relayed a story to congressional investigators that Roger Clemens once told him about being at Jose Canseco's Florida home before a party.
But Nitkowski said he stressed to the investigators that he could not say with any certainty that the story Clemens told him has to do with the widely discussed 1998 Canseco party that is at the center of the Brian McNamee-Clemens dispute.
According to Nitkowski, Clemens told him a story several years ago in which Jose Canseco's then-wife, Jessica, was sunbathing topless in the backyard before a party. Clemens, according to Nitkowski, mentioned to Canseco that she probably should cover up before people arrive. home before a party.
Did Nitkowski remember this or not? And what happened to the breast augmentation story?
Nitkowski pitched briefly for the Yankees and Mets in a 10-season major-league career. He said Wednesday that he did not remember the story until he watched the Feb. 13 congressional hearings on television, "which jogged my memory a bit."
Not long after the hearing, investigators who had interviewed Nitkowski reached out to him again, and he said he felt a responsibility to tell them about the story, even though he is not sure of the timing.
"All I've been doing is answering the questions they've asked," Nitkowski said. He is in an awkward and uncomfortable position because he doesn't want to be viewed as if he's trying to help bring down Clemens, who he said "always treated me with respect."
(more after the jump on Nitkowski and McNamee)
Nitkowski admits to a realtionship with McNamee. Might this have something to do with Nitkowski's viewpoint?
Nitkowski, a pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan, started using McNamee as a trainer during the 2001-02 offseason. The St. John's product often was included in the workouts along with Clemens, Andy Pettitte and McNamee at Clemens' Houston home.
Nitkowski still uses McNamee as his trainer.
"I do support Mac, and I hope he comes through this all right," he said. "But what I won't do is exaggerate anything."
Nitkowski added that he told investigators that McNamee would probably tell them whether the story that Clemens told Nitkowski was part of the same Canseco party.
Nitkowski and McNamee also attended St. Johns University where recently McNamee taught (with good ratings too).
Further, Nitkowski tells a tangled story where McNamee discouraged steroid use when CJ played for the Astros. The pitcher was cut, which somehow played a role in the player saving his son from drowning.
Could there be any more weird connections or loose ends to this ongoing soap opera?