Names to know in the Roger Clemens trial
Get to know the major names that will be involved in the Roger Clemens drug trial in Washington D.C.
Compiled by Jim Baumbach and The Associated Press
ROGER CLEMENS, defendant
The former Yankee is among baseball's greatest pitchers, winning 354 games (ninth-best all-time) and seven Cy Young Awards during a 24-year Major League career. The former all-star also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros during a career that continued until he was 45. He came out of retirement on three occasions, most recently midway through the 2007 season to rejoin the Yankees. Clemens ranks third all-time with 4,672 strikeouts.
BRIAN MCNAMEE, star government witness
Clemens' longtime personal trainer, a former strength coach with the Yankees and Blue Jays. A graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School and St. John's University, McNamee spent three years as a New York City police officer after college and left the force to become a bullpen catcher for the Yankees in 1993. He joined the Blue Jays in 1998, which was where he met Clemens.
Two years later, Clemens lobbied Yankee executives to hire McNamee as an assistant strength coach, even agreeing to have McNamee's salary come out of his own pay.
ANDY PETTITTE, star government witness
The former pitcher helped the Yankees win five World Series in two stints with the team. He is the all-time postseason wins leader with 19.
Pettitte and Clemens were once close friends and teammates who bonded over their Texas roots. Pettitte and Clemens, who both live in the greater Houston area, were teammates with the Yankees from 1999-2003 and in 2007 and with the Houston Astros from 2004-06.
RUSTY HARDIN, lead defense attorney
The Houston-based Hardin has been a favorite of Texas pro athletes with legal issues, having represented Houston Rockets Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy and former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, another Hall of Fame player, among others. He's been Clemens' attorney since the release of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in professional baseball in 2007.
DAN BUTLER & STEVE DURHAM, assistant U.S. attorneys
The government's lead lawyers worked together on the perjury case against major league baseball player Miguel Tejada, who in 2009 pleaded guilty to making misleading statements to Congress about performance-enhancing drug use in baseball and was sentenced to probation.
REGGIE WALTON, U.S. District Court judge
Walton has experience with high-profile perjury cases, having presided over the 2007 trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. A jury convicted Libby of perjury, making false statements to federal investigators and obstruction of justice. Walton sentenced him to 30 months in jail.
Clemens hired the San Diego-based former federal prosecutor to address a conflict of interest with Hardin, who also briefly advised Pettitte just before the release of the Mitchell Report. Attanasio will cross-examine Pettitte and has deep familiarity with the issues in this trial. He’s the son of a baseball agent and advised the San Diego Padres during the Mitchell Report investigation.
GEORGE MITCHELL, former U.S. Senator
Major League Baseball picked the renowned former Maine senator to lead an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. His explosive 2007 report accused 86 current and former players of using drugs, including Clemens. Clemens’ lawyers have indicated they may call Mitchell to testify, presumably about what McNamee and Radomski told him during his investigation.
The former batboy with the New York Mets has admitted providing drugs to dozens of players and was the primary source behind the 2007 Mitchell Report examining the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. McNamee says he got the drugs for Clemens from Radomski. And prosecutors say Radomski will testify that McNamee told him that he had saved needles he had used to inject players.
The former Major League outfielder wrote a best-selling 2005 book, “Juiced,” in which he admitted using steroids and accused most other players of doing so as well. He has said he had suspicions but no proof that Clemens used steroids. One of the accusations against Clemens is that he lied when he said he did not attend a 1998 party at Canseco’s Miami home in which they discussed steroids. Canseco also has said Clemens wasn’t at the party, but several other attendees said the pitcher was.
Knoblauch will testify about how he got human growth hormones from McNamee. Clemens is fighting to keep such testimony out because he says it will create guilt by association, but prosecutors say it’s important to establish McNamee’s knowledge of drug use and credibility when Clemens accuses him of lying.
Stanton will testify about how he got human growth hormones from McNamee. Clemens is fighting to keep such testimony out because he says it will create guilt by association, but prosecutors say it’s important to establish McNamee’s knowledge of drug use and credibility when Clemens accuses him of lying.
Former MLB player David Segui may testify that McNamee told him before the allegations became public that he injected Clemens with drugs or kept the evidence of the injections — evidence that McNamee didn’t make up the story in 2007 to save himself from prosecution on drug charges as Clemens claims.
Former MLB player C.J. Nitkowski may testify that McNamee told him before the allegations became public that he injected Clemens with drugs or kept the evidence of the injections — evidence that McNamee didn’t make up the story in 2007 to save himself from prosecution on drug charges as Clemens claims.