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Roger Clemens flexed his exposed buttocks and then relaxed. "I'm ready," he allegedly told Brian McNamee, who on Monday took jurors through the first time he purportedly injected Clemens with steroids in 1998. McNamee, Clemens' former friend and personal trainer, testified that he plunged the 3-inch needle of a syringe filled with the anabolic steroid Winstrol V into Clemens' right buttock in the bathroom of Clemens' residence at the SkyDome. It was the first of eight to 10 times McNamee said he injected the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher that summer. Jurors looked on as McNamee -- who avoided eye contact with Clemens sitting to his left -- detailed in a thick Queens accent how, as the Blue Jays strength and conditioning coach, he came to meet Clemens and, eventually, became the go-to person for what Clemens allegedly called "booty shots" of steroids. McNamee's testimony not only looms large in Clemens' perjury and obstruction trial here in US District Court, but also on the seven-time Cy Young Award winner's hopes of making the Hall of Fame. McNamee, who had on a tan suit and spotted yellow tie, wasn't the perfect witness. He was clearly nervous -- especially early in his testimony -- and he appeared to get confused on a few questions, including when he was asked to show the court Jose Canseco's Florida house in an aerial photo. Still, McNamee painted a seemingly clear picture when it came to alleged early conversations about steroids with Clemens. Those early conversations at spring training progressed later that season to injecting Clemens, McNamee testified. "I did it because I wanted to help and keep players physically safe," said McNamee, whose only experience with needles to that point was to inject his diabetic son, also named Brian, with insulin. "But I enabled. . . . I knew what I was doing was illegal. I made a mistake. I was young. I wish I could take it back." Unlike McNamee, Clemens rarely broke eye contact with McNamee on the stand. Clemens has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs and his strongest refutation -- which came in front of Congress in 2008 -- led to the six counts he currently faces in this case. Clemens said he was injected only with Lidocaine and vitamin B-12. While McNamee said he injected Clemens mostly at his suite at the SkyDome (now called the Rogers Centre), he did describe one instance while the Jays were on the road that season when the two ducked into a storage room in the Tampa Bay Rays visiting clubhouse. "I kept one foot on the door as I injected Roger," McNamee said. McNamee testified that he didn't know where Clemens had gotten the steroids. Clemens -- who doubled the dosage late in that cycle, according to McNamee -- eventually tossed a bag of the unused vials at McNamee and asked him to discard them after Clemens had developed a cyst on his buttocks, a common side effect to steroid use. "I'm done with it," McNamee was told by Clemens. Jurors have yet to hear some of the more explosive allegations McNamee has made. McNamee eventually was hired by the Yankees as an assistant strength and conditioning coach before the 2000 season, a season after Clemens was traded to the team. McNamee told investigators of the independent investigation of baseball's steroid era detailed in the 2007 Mitchell Report that he provided and sometimes injected steroids for Clemens in 2000 and 2001 along with human growth hormone in 2000. He turned over some steroid vials, gauze and syringes that allegedly have Clemens' DNA on them to authorities. McNamee's testimony, which ran about four hours Monday, went as far as his hiring in New York and only included questions from Assistant US Attorney Daniel Butler. The direct examination is scheduled to continue Tuesday morning.Once Clemens' lawyer gets to cross-examine McNamee, several cracks are likely to appear. Judge Reggie Walton ruled that Clemens' attorney could not use information in McNamee's divorce papers, although at least some of the incidents around why McNamee's contract was not renewed by the Yankees after the 2001 season can be introduced. Jurors won't hear that McNamee allegedly had sex with an incoherent woman without her consent at a hotel pool in St. Petersburg, Fla., since he wasn't charged, but the fact there was a police investigation can be offered. Clemens' lawyers can also introduce two incidents that occurred while McNamee was a New York police officer.
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