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More PED Problems for Clemens

Just when you thought the Roger Clemens story was hitting a quiet patch, along comes a leak to the New York Times, from a federal probe into possible Clemens perjury, that says substances from performance enhancing drugs were found on the syringes, vials and gauze pads former Clemens trainer Brian McNamee turned over to authorities.

Why is that so significant? Because we reported right here last month that blood in those syringes contained Clemens DNA.

Understandaby, Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, is returning phone calls seeking comment. After all, what do you say when your client is caught red (blood cell) handed? Given his prior steadfast denials, it's going to be extrordinarily hard for Clemens to avoid a conviction of perjuring himself, if the government decides to prosecute.

What do people think? Is there a way out for Clemens? Will Hardin use a tampering defense? Or is the Rocket too cooked to avoid some kind of future conviction?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 10, 2009; 5:37 PM ET
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Rusty Hardin IS or IS NOT returning phone calls? I think there's a word missing there.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 10, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Could Clemens be any more arrogant (I think he actually thinks that he can do no wrong)? Rusty Hardin's hubris is also pretty amazing.

Is the defense going to be that MacNamee is such a skilled criminal mastermind that he could actually manufacture damning DNA evidence? To quote Boz, "Oh, please." Hardin will make the argument, he has no choice, but it is a joke.

I hope that MacNamee walks away with a LOT of Clemens's money (the guy was loyal to Clemens to a fault, but Clemens went after him with both barrels blazing anyway, and Clemens brought the guy's sick kid into the mix to boot). I hope that Clemens walks away in shackles.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 11, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked - shocked - at this development! Not really.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 11, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't think this changes much.

People already believe Clemens used. Clemens has stated that he believes MacNamee planted this evidence. Either way of course the needles would have PED substance residue.

It still seems pretty skivvy to keep used needles for years in a lock box.

If anyone can think of a reason other than financial gain to do so I'm all ears.

Posted by: noahthek | March 11, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps due to suspicions that your client will throw you under the bus should his PED use come to light.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 11, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Noah, the "MacNamee is out for money" theory is a bit strained by the fact that he tried to warn Clemens, that he only spoke to Mitchell's guys under threat of federal indictment if he lied, that he did not bring the evidence to light until after Clemens went after him personally, and that and all the while he did not hit the talk show circuit for coins (though he was dead broke) and did not pen some tell all book. I am not saying that he is some kind of Prince oranything here, but he has not been digging for gold either.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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