LADY AT THE BAT: Clemens: Andy's Case Is Totally Separate

Monday, January 7, 2008

Clemens: Andy's Case Is Totally Separate

During his 60 Minutes interview last night, Roger Clemens made a helluva lot of sense. He was very believable. He had me in his corner the entire time. Well, almost the entire time. The one time I became suspicious was the time Andy Pettitte's name came up:

TRACK: CLEMENS SAYS HE LEARNED THAT FROM THE MITCHELL REPORT, WHICH ALSO MENTIONED HIS FELLOW YANKEE PITCHER ANDY PETTITE, WHO ALSO TRAINED UNDER MCNAMEE. MCNAMEE SAID HE'D INJECTED PETTITE TWICE WITH HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE. AFTER THE REPORT CAME OUT, PETTITE CONFIRMED THAT MCNAMEE HAD GIVEN HIM TWO H.G.H..SHOTS TO RECOVER FROM AN ELBOW INJURY.

WALLACE When Andy confirmed that McNamee had indeed told the truth about injecting him, that gave McNamee credibility, made his claims about injecting you seem more believable.

CLEMENS I have I had no knowledge of what Andy was doing.

WALLACE Why would Brian McNamee tell the truth about Andy Pettitte and lie about you?

CLEMENS Andy's case is totally is, is totally separate. I was shocked to learn about Andy's situation. Had no idea about it.

Clemens struggled to get those words out last night. His body language, which, up until then, had been that of a man who knows he's innocent, suddenly changed to that of someone trying to cover something up. If Mike Wallace hadn't asked about Pettitte, I'd be ready to put all my support behind Roger Clemens. Instead, this makes it even harder for me to believe that Clemens did not use performance-enhancing drugs.

The lady

[Transcript from The Boston Globe]

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