The Wapo reports that investigators discovered DNA at the end of a Roger Clemens syringe -- as claimed by Brian McNamee.
Federal investigators are looking into the possibility (!) that the ex-multiple Cy Young award winning pitcher used anabolic steroids and HGH, then lied to Congress about PED use last year. The investigation -- part of the never-ending Clemens saga -- sounds serious:
The DNA results, which are preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges that he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.
Clemens told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs. Testifying at the same hearing, the pitcher's former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens nearly 40 times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.
McNamee's attorneys have said their client gave federal investigators syringes, gauze pads and other items that he claimed he used to inject Clemens. He stored the items in a FedEx box in his basement.
Are the syringes actually Clemens's paraphernalia? Were they used for injecting steroids (could be tested). And was the DNA, glutteal DNA, or perhaps Clemens was flossing his teeth with the needles.
The chain of custody will be critical if DNA procured from bloody steroid syringes holds up for legal proceedings. Is this a breakfast read or not?
Yesterday, Rusty Hardin, Clemens's Houston-based defense attorney, said the DNA tests "won't matter at all."
"It will still be evidence fabricated by McNamee," Hardin said. "I would be dumbfounded if any responsible person ever found this to be reliable or credible evidence in any way."
We would expect Clemens's defense attorney to claim that the syringes would not be admitted as evidence. Clearly bloody syringes and gauss pads collected by a trainer would be suspect evidence. Nonetheless, not a situation that lends itself to peaceful sleep at night for the Rocket.