Found May 31, 2012 on
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As the weeks go on and the Roger Clemens trial begins to be buried further within the marginalia of the sports page, I’ve started to wonder if I’m beating a dead horse. Is this really that important? Is the state of the game really in as much peril as I fear?
The estranged wife of Brian McNamee, Clemens’ chief accuser, was expected to take the stand as a defense witness in the ongoing trial as soon as Thursday. Today, Judge Reggie Walton told Clemens’ lawyers as well as the prosecutors that, before Eileen McNamee would be allowed to testify, both sides had to prepare briefs explaining their positions on why she was testifying in the first place.
I guess I’m not the only one who’s begun to wonder where the heck this is all going. At issue is whether Eileen McNamee will receive immunity for her possible role in a prescription drug probe that also involved her husband. Is there anyone involved here that’s above the board?
Like Andy Pettitte, Walton needs to figure out what Eileen McNa...
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Roger Clemens' former catcher with the Toronto Blue Jays testified Wednesday that he had seen vitamin B12 ''shots lined up ready to go'' for players, a claim also made by Clemens and for which he was charged with obstructing Congress.
Clemens is charged with obstruction of Congress, perjury and making false statements for denying to Congress in 2008 that he ever...
The judge in the Roger Clemens perjury trial ruled Monday that defense lawyers can't call Rep. Darrell Issa as a witness.
Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the panel that Clemens allegedly lied to in 2008 when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Issa, a California Republican, wasn't chairman at the time, and he had criticized...
Roger Clemens lost something off his fastball in his 40s but still succeeded by pitching smarter, his former manager testified Thursday.
''He continued to have great success, but for different reasons,'' said defense witness Phil Garner, who managed Clemens with the Houston Astros from 2004-2006. ''He didn't just overpower teams; he outsmarted teams ...
Lawyers have launched their defense of Roger Clemens with what seemed more like a testimonial dinner than a trial, putting on a pair of witnesses who described in reverential terms the famed baseball pitcher's work ethic in high school and college.
The message the defense began hammering home Tuesday was that hard work, not steroids or human growth hormone, turned Clemens into...
Knowledgeable baseball fans can argue all day whether it was the split-finger fastball - and not performance-enhancing drugs - that kept Roger Clemens on top of his game well into his 30s and beyond. His lawyers are trying to make that point at a trial where basic terms such as ''Fenway Park'' and ''foul pole'' require an explanation for a jury of...
By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Phil Garner told one great Roger Clemens story after another.
Clemens working out in a flak jacket with 60 pounds of weights. Clemens yelling at himself. Clemens yelling at others. Clemens noticing that home plate was a little bit out of line.
Garner was sitting on a witness stand, but he sounded at times as if he were again...
After years of beyond-belief denials and "it happened in the past" non-answers, this week appears to mark the unofficial beginning to the final installment of Major League Baseball's truth and reconciliation commission for the steroid era.
Arguably the best pitcher of modern times, Roger Clemens, is in the seventh week of a federal trial in which he is accused of perjuring...
Defense lawyers for Roger Clemens say they'll call the estranged wife of Brian McNamee, Eileen, to testify, though her lawyer told reporters Thursday that he wants to ensure that her previously granted immunity remains intact, according to multiple reports. McNamee may have implicated her in a number of ways during his testimony, including possible mail fraud. Clemens'...
A government witness testified Tuesday that Brian McNamee said
he had injected pitcher Roger Clemens with human growth hormone and
had saved syringes, part of a prosecution attempt to dispel defense
suggestions that McNamee fabricated those claims to avoid going to