After more than an hour on the witness stand in Roger Clemens’ perjury trial in federal court in Washington, D.C., Monday, Brian McNamee, the former pitcher’s chief accuser and onetime trainer, testified about conversations he had with Clemens about steroids and described the first time he injected him with the steroid Winstrol.
The first incident occurred in Dunedin, Fla., the training facility of the Toronto Blue Jays, where Clemens was a pitcher and McNamee the team’s first-year strength and conditioning coordinator.
At some point in the regular season in the SkyDome clubhouse, Clemens asked McNamee to discard a Ziploc bag filled with “20 to 30 ampules” of testosterone and showed him a bottle of oral steroids that McNamee said were “toxic.”
Soon after, he testified, he agreed to Clemens’ request to give him a “booty shot” – a steroid injection in his buttocks.
When McNamee got to Clemens’ third-floor hotel room, he said that he saw how the pitcher had laid out the steroids, a needle, gauze and pads in the bathroom.
He said that he gave Clemens eight to 10 injections that summer, one of them in the utility closet of the Tampa Bay team’s clubhouse on a getaway day.
McNamee said he knew what he was doing was illegal but that he wanted to make sure that Clemens did not give himself an injection that might go wrong.
Still, he said, “I did what I was asked and shouldn’t have.”
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