McNamee, Clemens: A Tale of Two Stories

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WASHINGTON -- A strange scene played out in the halls of the U.S. Capitol today. Two men testified under oath that they were telling the truth.

However, everyone in the room was quite aware that one of them was lying.

It is the latest twist in the sordid tale of baseball and steroid use.

False Statements

From earlier sworn testimony, lawmakers knew either Roger Clemens or his former trainer Brian McNamee were making false statements.

McNamee has testified that he injected Clemens with steroids. Clemen's in turn, has testified that McNamee never administered any type of steroid to him.

McNamee told baseball investigator George Mitchell that from 1998 to 2001, he injected Clemens 16 to 21 times with steroids and human growth hormone. The trainer also said that Yankees teammates Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch also used HGH.

Both men stuck to their stories as lawmakers proceeded to grill each one about the facts.

"I am saying that Brian McNamee's statements about me are wrong," Clemens told the committee. "Once again, I never took steroids or human growth hormone."

"Make no mistake. When I told Sen. Mitchell that I injected Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, I told the truth," McNamee said.

"Someone is lying in spectacular fashion about the ultimate question," said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va.

Lies and More Lies?

McNamee came under a blistering attack from Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., as Burton read past statements in which McNamee now admits that he lied.

"You're here to tell the truth," Burton said. "You're here under oath. Yet we have lie after lie after lie after lie. I don't know what to believe," the congressman said. "I know one thing I don't believe and that's you."

However, committee chair Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., doubted that Clemens was telling the truth.

"As we moved forward in our investigation, we found conflicts and inconsistencies in Mr. Clemens' account," Waxman said. "During his deposition, he made statements we know are untrue."

Clemens also faced new allegations Wednesday from former teammate Andy Pettitte who said Clemens had admitted to him that he used human growth hormone.

If it can be proven that Clemens or McNamee lied under oath before the committee, they could face criminal charges.

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