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By denying and totally refuting anything that Brian McNamee has said, Roger Clemens is challenging the very foundation of the Mitchell Report. McNamee provided a lot of information that became public from the Mitchell Report, including testimony about Roger Clemens, Chuck Knoblauch, and Andy Pettitte.
If McNamee is lying then the Mitchell Report loses a lot of credibility. If the Mitchell Report loses credibility, so does Major League Baseball. I hope Roger Clemens realizes that by challenging McNamee he is shaking MLB at its foundation. If Clemens is lying, he’s doing a lot more damage than had to be done. If he came out and admitted it right away, saying that he had to compete with all the hitters taking steroids, then nothing of this magnitude would’ve come from the Mitchell Report.
Now if McNamee is the liar and Clemens is right, then MLB takes a serious PR hit. All the money and time invested in the Mitchell Report will appear to be a waste and they will probably have to launch a brand-new investigation. Why would McNamee lie about Clemens but tell the truth about Pettitte and Knoblauch? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
I happened to like Roger Clemens a lot before this Congressional hearing, but had suspected steroid use for awhile. I agree that both stories have some inconsistencies, but there’s one thing clear to me. Roger Clemens took steroids and was afraid of the consequences. The consequences of fighting a fight he cannot possibly win may be way more damaging to MLB than anything ever would be to Clemens’ career or accomplishments. You don’t care about the Hall of Fame, Roger? Sure doesn’t sound like it…