“Someone isn’t telling the truth,” Representative Henry Waxman (D-California) said of the conflicting testimony from Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens. McNamee and Clemens appeared today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In the Mitchell Report on the use of steroids and other performance enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball, McNamee claims to have given Clemens injections of steroids and human growth hormone on numerous occasions over several years, including times when (according to McNamee) Clemens provided them. Roger Clemens has consistently and vehemently denied using performance enhancing substances.
Who to believe?
I remember watching Clemens during his time with the Boston Red Sox and, though I’m not the primary sports (or Red Sox) fan in our household, it was something to see. I would really like to believe the Rocket Man, as Clemens came to be known, but McNamee’s statements in the Mitchell Report and the circumstances under which they were made make it very difficult. I’ve been skeptical of McNamee’s claims from the start, and even more so after Mike Wallace’s interview with Clemens on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The two versions of what took place, McNamee’s and Clemens’, could hardly be more at odds. McNamee’s credibility is suspect, but Clemens has the most to lose.
Unless and until more credible evidence to the contrary surfaces, I’ll choose to believe Clemens. Let’s hope I’m right.