Traces of performance-enhancing drugs have been found on the drug paraphernalia that Roger Clemens' personal trainer kept after he claimed to have injected him earlier this decade, according to a report in the New York Times.
The report cites "people briefed on the case" and seems to support the claims of ex-trainer Brian McNamee, who said he kept a collection of syringes, vials and gauze pads after injecting the superstar pitcher with steriods and HGH in 2000 and 2001. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize their access to sensitive information, the report said.
Last month, it was disclosed that traces of Clemens's DNA was linked to the blood residue on at least one of the pieces of paraphernalia, according to the report. Clemens never argued that he wasn't injected, he just maintained it was for Vitamin B12 and the painkiller lidocaine, not performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens made such claims while under oath during a congressional hearing and the United States Attorney's Office has convened a grand jury to determine if Clemens has committed perjury.
Clemens's legal team, led by Rusty Hardin, said he wasn't surprised PEDs were found on the paraphernalia because their side argues that McNamee has altered the evidence. Clemens' team likely will question their authenticity if submitted as evidence in court.
Jennifer L. Mnookin, a professor of law at U.C.L.A., told the New York Times that a judge probably would deem the drug paraphernalia admissible and allow a jury to assess its credibility.
"All that these tests can do is show the presence of biological materials," she told The Times. "They can't tell you how, why or when."