Interesting juxtaposition of events this week. As the Baseball Hall of Fame announced honorees, one sure-fire future Hall of fame candidate -- Roger Clemens (now pictured more frequently in court than on the mound) -- must feel a tightening noose around his legal neck...and must also feel the HOF slip away too.
Jim Rice, whose numbers looked pedestrian compared with the steroid era sluggers, found his way into the Hall when voters regrouped to look at the average achievement of Rice's contemporaries However Clemens, who numbers appear arguably inflated in his late career flourish, seems pale and vulnerable.
Reports this week indicate that Jeff Novitzki is participating in the Grand Jury investigating Clemens. Considering Novitzki's expert in BALCO, that is not good news for the Rocket. To the Examiner:
Jeff Novitsky, the investigator who gathered most of the evidence in the BALCO cases has now been asked to provide assistance in the Clemens matter. All Roger has to do is call Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Trevor Graham, Tammy Thomas and others who Novitsky nailed after they gave statements under oath or to prosecutors about their knowledge of the steroids distributed by BALCO.
Today, Metboy and steroid dealer Kirk Radomski showed up at the Grand Jury. Ex-Clemens trainer Brian McNamee claims that he scored steroids and HGH from the former Met clubhouse boy who copped a plea deal last year to avoid big time in the big house. (New York Daily News)
Steroid supplier Kirk Radomski testified before a grand jury investigating Roger Clemens for perjury for just over two hours Thursday morning at a federal courthouse in Washington. Wearing a black windbreaker, the burly Radomski entered the grand jury room just after 10:15 a.m. and left accompanied by a Capitol security officer.
Radomski began reviewing previous testimony that he sold and shipped drugs to dozens of Major League Baseball players, as well as Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee, who told prosecutors that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone over a period of several years. McNamee also cooperated with former Sen. George Mitchell in his explosive report on drug use in baseball. Radomski pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance in 2007 and has cooperated in the government's ongoing steroid investigation.
Radomski awes the Gov't prosecutors favors after they went lightly in his conviction and sentence. The Metboy may be a key witness is several on-going prosecutions of MLB players.
The testimony of both Radomski and McNamee will be crucial to the government's investigationon into whether Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs during a congressional hearing on the Mitchell Report last February.
Radomski is among the first of the witnesses who will appear before the grand jury and he could be asked about his dealings with Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, who is also under investigation for allegedly lying to Congress, as well as about his dealings with McNamee.
Minutes before Radomski arrived at the third floor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Butler appeared and made his way to the same room. Butler returned to his Capitol Hill office after Radomski's appearance ended.
McNamee is expected to meet with Butler and other federal officers on Friday.
Lastly ex-trainer Brian McNamee says today that Clemens will end up in Jail. that remains to be seen, as Clemens has never been charged with a felony. It is also clear that steroids and PED convictions are difficult to obtain, and that sentence are light. (New York Daily News, again)
Brian McNamee predicts he'll see Roger Clemens in uniform again - but this time his old boss won't be wearing pinstripes.
McNamee says the Rocket's 2009 uniform will be an orange jumpsuit, with a serial number across the chest.
In a video on the Web site Sportsimproper.com, McNamee tells host Mai Tran he believes Clemens will be sent to prison for his repeated denials of steroid use during the Feb. 13, 2008, congressional hearing on the Mitchell Report.
"Let me ask you this," Tran asked McNamee. "Do you foresee seeing Roger Clemens in a uniform next year?"
"He'll probably be wearing a uniform, but it will be one of those orange jumpsuits with a serial number on it," McNamee replied.
"Sounds like a prison uniform to me," Tran said.
McNamee told Tran that he was told the evidence that federal investigators have been compiling against Clemens is "overwhelming."
McNamee may be angry at Clemens's intemperance, however he should be very careful in venting his frustration in public. Never know what will come back to bite...