Clemens confusion continues

Posted by Andy Durham on January 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

His former trainer says he would go to jail for Roger Clemens:

HOUSTON (AP) – Roger Clemens’ former trainer said he was willing to go to jail and repeatedly asked the pitcher “what do you want me to do?” during a 17-minute telephone conversation last week.

A recording of last Friday’s conversation between Clemens and Brian McNamee(the former trainer) was played Monday at the start of Clemens’ news conference. Clemens’ lawyers said that because McNamee didn’t deny Clemens’ claims that he never used steroids, it amounted to proof that Clemens was telling the truth.

“I’ll go to jail, I’ll do whatever you want,” McNamee said during the conversation.

“I need somebody to tell the truth,” Clemens said.

During the tape, McNamee never said he lied when he told baseball investigator George Mitchell last year that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

“I’m in your corner,” McNamee said. “I’d also like not to go to jail, too.”

Late Sunday, Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee in Texas state court.

Clemens was mostly expressionless while the tape played, even when McNamee said, “You treated me like family.”

Clemens said McNamee initiated the conversation, which was laced with emotion and profanity. McNamee, a former strength coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, sounded as if he were a desperate man.

“I’m firing my lawyers. I’m getting rid of everybody,” McNamee said. “My wife is gone. My kids are gone.”

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