A man who once was a personal trainer for former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens — and implicated him in performance-enhancing drug use — was sentenced to probation Thursday following his 2015 drunken driving arrest in Long Beach.
Brian McNamee, 50, a city resident, previously pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed driving, his attorney said.
Long Beach City Court Judge Frank Dikranis sentenced McNamee to 3 years of probation. McNamee’s attorney, Mitchell Barnett, later called it “a fair settlement on both sides.”
Authorities said the sentence also included a 6-month driver’s license revocation, fines and an order to get substance abuse treatment if probation officials find it appropriate.
The Nassau district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case’s outcome Thursday.
Police arrested McNamee at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2015, after a minor traffic accident as he pulled his 2002 GMC sedan out of a gas station onto westbound East Park Avenue near Long Beach Boulevard.
Records show a police officer accused McNamee of swaying, having slurred speech, a smell of alcohol on his breath and eyelid tremors, but McNamee allegedly refused to take a breath test or a blood test to measure for potential intoxication.
He originally pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a mix of drugs or alcohol and any drug, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, along with traffic infractions, court records show.
Barnett said if the case had gone to trial, “there were defenses to be made,” on McNamee’s behalf, including that his client was taking prescription drugs at the time.
Barnett added that first responders took blood from McNamee, who is a diabetic, at the scene, and that his client later refused to give blood to police “because he had already given blood to the medics.”
In March 2015, McNamee and Clemens reached an undisclosed financial settlement after McNamee sued the pitcher for slander after he accused McNamee of lying about injecting him with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
McNamee testified about the pitcher’s alleged drug use before Congress after identifying Clemens as a user in the Mitchell Report, baseball’s 2007 report on steroid use in Major League Baseball.
Clemens, a seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award that goes to the best Major League pitchers, denied the accusations during Congressional testimony. A federal jury in 2012 acquitted Clemens of perjury and obstruction charges that stemmed from his denials after a trial in which McNamee testified.
McNamee had said he kept materials he used to inject Clemens, but one juror said later that the needle and swabs that tested positive for Clemens’ DNA and anabolic steroids looked like “6-year-old garbage,” and McNamee didn’t seem credible.