With Andy Pettitte's damning testimony proceeding him (New York Times), Roger Clemens takes on Congress and Brian McNamee today. Clemens's side of the story stands in stark contrast to ex-trainer Brian McNamee's story: McNamee says Clemens is a big time juicer; Clemens says McNamee is a big time liar. Clemens maintained he used only lidocaine and B-12 (which frankly is ludicrous).
A good round-up is found here at the London Free Press.
Toronto -- This is the day every true baseball fan has waited for all winter. Yes, boys and girls, this is the day that pitchers and catchers report to Room 2154 of the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill in Washington to deliver their sworn testimony.
And the Pettitte-McNamee-Clemens love-perjury triangle:
In this realm, a perjury indictment is always only one half-truth away and, apparently, Pettitte couldn't risk saying under oath the things that Clemens wanted to hear.
Besides it's been confirmed by a committee member that Pettitte, in a deposition last week, provided testimony that supports McNamee's claims that Clemens was a big-time juicer in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The Boston Globe, also carries an excellent summary of the case with these interesting details about the Pettitte testimony:
Citing a source familiar with the affidavit, the Associated Press reported yesterday that Pettitte's deposition claims he talked with Clemens in 1999 or 2000 about using human growth hormone.
According to the source, Pettitte said Clemens backtracked when the subject came up in 2005, before the same House committee held the first hearing on steroids.
The source also said that Pettitte claims in the affidavit that he asked Clemens in 2005 what he would do if asked by the media about HGH. According to the AP account, Clemens responded by saying Pettitte misunderstood the conversation in 1999 or 2000 and that, in fact, Clemens had been talking about HGH use by his wife.
This doesn't sound like a love triangle as much as a Shakespearian plot: no one will survive without wounds.