Brian McNamee: I injected steroids in Clemens
WASHINGTON -- Brian McNamee testified Monday that he injected former Yankees star Roger Clemens with anabolic steroids for the first time in June 1998 at the direction of Clemens and with a milky white performance-enhancing drug that the pitcher provided.
"I injected him in the buttocks," McNamee testified at Clemens' perjury trial in U.S. District Court, describing in detail the first shot, which came at a time when McNamee was the strength and conditioning coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and Clemens was the star pitcher.
McNamee testified he went into Clemens' hotel room connected to the Toronto SkyDome baseball field and saw the ampules, gauze, alcohol and syringe lined up in the bathroom. He then broke the neck of the ampule -- "one, two, three" -- and loaded the syringe.
As he came out of the bathroom, McNamee said, he saw Clemens pull down his pants to bare his right buttock, flex his leg and buttock muscle, and then relax, saying, "I'm ready."
"I injected him," McNamee testified. "I plunged the steroid into his buttocks."
That led to eight to 10 injections during that season, McNamee said, in a regimen created by Clemens. Most of the injections occurred in Clemens' Toronto hotel room, McNamee said.
Clemens, who sat in a dark suit at the defense table watching and taking notes, was indicted on six counts of obstructing Congress, making false statements and perjury after denying those accusations to a House committee investigating steroids in professional baseball.
McNamee, of Long Beach, wore a khaki-colored suit, white shirt and yellow patterned tie as he made his much-anticipated appearance to testify that Clemens used steroids and human growth hormones.
In his four hours on the witness stand, McNamee described another instance in 1998 in which he injected Clemens with steroids, this one at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., as the Blue Jays were preparing to leave after a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
McNamee described in detail how it took place in a storage closet in the visitors' clubhouse, where once again Clemens had laid out the ampule and syringe. He said he didn't follow Clemens into the closet immediately so it wouldn't "look suspicious."
Once he was in the closet, McNamee said, "I kept one foot on the door so no one would open it." He said he broke the ampule, loaded the syringe and injected Clemens.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Butler asked McNamee why he remembered the details of the first injection so well.
"I knew I was injecting a star pitcher. I don't think you forget that, ever," McNamee said.
McNamee will be back on the stand Tuesday morning.
Earlier Monday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled on several motions, including his decision to allow testimony by pitcher Andy Pettitte that Clemens told Pettitte he used human growth hormone in 1999 or 2000.