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There is probably no doubt anywhere that Roger Clemens used steroids. As he continues his legal wrangling with his former trainer, Brian McNamee, the Yankees want none of it. However, McNamee has plans to include the Yankees.

According to a story by Nathaniel Vinton in the Daily News, in a brief filed on Friday, McNamee has named a handful of current Yankees as potential witnesses in Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee.

The Yankees have never relished the destructive defamation suit former pinstripe hero Roger Clemens brought two years ago against his accuser, former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, but bigger headaches for the club may yet lie ahead according to a new appeals-court brief issued by McNamee’s defense attorneys.

A footnote deep in the 60-page brief lists current Yankee stars Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter as witnesses McNamee might call to the stand for sworn testimony about Clemens’ purported use of steroids and human growth hormone. Also listed among potential witnesses for McNamee is Angela Moyer, an alleged mistress of Clemens who tended bar near the Upper East Side apartment where McNamee said he visited Clemens after Yankee games to inject the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone (Clemens has testified he thought the syringes contained vitamin B12).

The brief, which McNamee’s attorneys sent Friday to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, portrays Clemens’ defamation suit as nearly dead in the water. It comes in response to Clemens’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year that eviscerated the suit, which Clemens first brought against McNamee on Jan. 6, 2008, three weeks after a report by former Senator George Mitchell first publicized McNamee’s accusations. Mitchell was also listed as a potential witness. He and the others could also be summoned to testify as part of a defamation countersuit that McNamee himself brought against Clemens last year in a federal court in Brooklyn — and will likely pursue, at least in order to recover his monumental legal fees.

Right now only the legal system could prevent from having the Yankee players testify. If the courts are convinced with the brief, then this won’t happen.

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According to reports from ESPN.com, Brian McNamee shared with investigators that he shot up Roger Clemens in Yankee Stadium, more specifically in the hot tub/jacuzzi.

McNamee also injected Clemens in his apartment. Here’s what happened…

“The place was his high-rise apartment, which is located off the corner of 90th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan. …

“That day, he laid out the drugs, dropped his trousers and I did as he asked, that is, inject him with steroids. Afterwards, he told me to get rid of the needle. I went into the kitchen and found an empty Miller Lite can in a wastebasket under the sink. I put the used needle into the can because it was actually hazardous material at that point and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt by sticking themselves. He told me to throw it away but I kept it instead.”

Roger Clemens used performance enhancing drugs.  Possibly.  SI.com is reporting that evidence provided by former Clemens trainer Brian McNamee has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The evidence includes syringes, vials and gauze pads.

This news comes on the heels of a report from last month confirming Clemen’s DNA was present on the evidence.

A federal grand jury is investigating if Clemens lied under oath to congress last year when he denied using performance enhancing drugs.  The grand jury has been investigating the issue for several weeks now.  If the grand jury returns an indictment, Clemens will then face a trial on at least perjury charges.

Roger, Roger, Roger….[sigh]

There’s a whole lot to share with y’all.

  • A great Yankee blogger, Todd Drew, died just past midnight yesterday. He was a regular on Alex Belth’s blog. I never knew him but from what I’ve read about him, he was quite cool. He was only 41, so that’s even more touching.
  • Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, who I don’t have a lot of confidence in, has been very busy this offseason. He visited A-Rod, Cano, and Posada and reports all three ready for monster 2009 seasons. I sure hope so.
  • Now more on the Clemens steroids saga. Kirk Radomski was in D.C. yesterday (thank God I didn’t see him). He testified against the Rocket.  Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee expects to see Clemens in a uniform this year — an orange jumpsuit, that is.
  • No more halted postseason games. They must be played to full completion, so vote the owners yesterday.
  • Youk has agreed to a 4-year contract for $40 million with the Red Sox. I have to admit, I like his fiery attitude and his team-first philosophy. He is a good player playing for a team I love to hate.

Have a good day, y’all!

Mike Fish at ESPN.com is reporting that a Federal Grand Jury is being convened in Washington DC to investigate whether or not Roger Clemens should be indicted for lying under oath to congress during last year’s fiasco of a hearing involving Clemens, Brian McNamee and several star-struck congressmen.

Assistant US Attorney Daniel P. Butler will be presenting evidence in the case, and several people could be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens.  Fish reports that McNamee, drug-supplier Kirk Radomski, FDA Agent Jeff Novitzky, as well as Clemens’ former teammates and admitted HGH users, Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch could all be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens.

Its not really sad at this point – Clemens did this to himself.  The evidence is so overwhelmingly against him, I don’t believe he has a chance in hell of escaping this.  McNamee said Clemens, Pettitte and Knoblauch all used HGH under his guidance.  Pettitte and Knobluach admitted it and said they knew Clemens did it as well.  Pettitte even signed a sworn declaration to his effect.  Clemens testified that Pettitte must have “misremembered.”  McNamee says he has old syringes and gauze pads with Clemens’ DNA on them.  Radomski can provide evidence that shipments of HGH were sent to the Clemens home.   Finally, Clemens’ own wife admitted she also took HGH.

This should make for a very interesting year in the baseball/steroids world.  Barry Bonds’ perjury case is scheduled to begin trial in March, if Clemens is indicted he will probably face trial this year as well and Miguel Tejada is currently being investigated by the FBI as to whether or not he lied under oath when, under questioning about steroids and HGH, he denied ever using them to congress.  Tejada was later named in the Mitchell Report.

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