In their own words

Associated Press
Excerpts from Brian McNamee's (left) and Roger Clemens' (right) opening statements before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government:



"I have never used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other type of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. I think these types of drugs should play no role in athletics at any level, and I fully support Sen. Mitchell's conclusions that steroids have no place in baseball. However, I take great issue with the (Mitchell) report's allegation that I used these substances. Let me be clear again: I did not."

"I have tried to model my baseball career, and indeed my entire life, on the premise that 'your body is your temple.' The suggestion that I would use steroids or other illegal drugs is totally incompatible with who I am and what I stand for. I have worked hard to succeed at every level. I have given speeches to young people all over the country about the dangers of taking shortcuts to reach your goals. Steroids are a dangerous shortcut. I have made no secret about my feelings."

"If I am guilty of anything, it is of being too trusting of others; wanting to see the best in everyone; and being nice to everyone. If I am considered to be ignorant because of that, then so be it."

"I am never going to have my name restored. I know that a lot of people want me to say that I have taken steroids and be done with it. But I cannot in good conscience admit to doing something that I did not do."


"The Mitchell Report documented the pervasiveness of steroids and HGH in Major League Baseball, and I was, unfortunately, part of that problem. I want to be clear that what I did was wrong. I want to apologize."

"When I told Sen. Mitchell that I injected Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, I told the truth. I told the truth about steroids and human growth hormone. I injected those drugs into Roger Clemens, at his direction."

"I am not proud of what I have done, and I am not proud to testify against a man I once admired. To those who have suggested that I take some personal satisfaction in bringing down Roger Clemens, let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth."

"I have no reason to lie, and every reason not to. If I do lie, I will be prosecuted. I was never promised any special treatment or consideration for fingering star players. I was never coerced to provide information. ... All that I was ever told was to tell the truth to the best of my ability, and that is what I have done."

"While I liked and admired Roger Clemens, I don't think that I ever really trusted him. Maybe my years as a New York City police officer had made me wary, but I just had that sense that if this ever blew up ... Roger would be looking out for No. 1."


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