Word from Washington, as inside as it gets, says Andy Pettitte's testimony to Congress last week, corroborated Brian McNamee's accusations that teammate Roger Clemens used PEDs (most likely HGH and anabolic steroids).
As Clemens lobbies Congress,it seems the Rocket, if not shot down, appears to be on a slow burn to explosion. The Congressional committee chaired by Henry Waxman excused Pettitte, Knoblauch, and Radomski from tomorrow's hearing. This now gets down to McNamee v. Clemens, and Clemens is bloodied (so to speak), cut, and dazed.
Rep. Tom Davis, the ranking Republican on the congressional committee investigating steroid use in baseball, told Newsday that Pettitte, in his deposition last week, backed up the account of Brian McNamee, the former trainer of Clemens and Pettitte.
McNamee has said Clemens used steroids and human growth hormone.
Davis told the newspaper that Pettitte's testimony matches McNamee's in most details, but that Clemens, in his deposition last week, said both of them are mistaken.
One of Clemens's legal team responded this way:
"I think Andy Pettitte should do whatever is in Andy's best interest and whatever he thinks is best," said Lanny Breuer, one of Clemens' lawyers. "Roger Clemens is going to testify on Wednesday. He'll answer everything truthfully and forthrightly as he's done since the very beginning."
"Truthfully and forthrightly" is not the way most fans would describe the Rocket's diatribes thus far.