All Talk on the Clemens and McNamee Conversation January 8, 2008Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, MLB, Sports.
Roger Clemens’ press conference on Monday didn’t hurt Clemens, but it certainly didn’t help him either. It did however, offer a taped 17 minute conversation between Clemens and McNamee, which took place on January 4th.
While listening to the conversation, the one thing that stuck out in my mind, occurred towards the end of the conversation. There were a few instances where McNamee constantly asked Clemens what he wanted him to do. Here are some of the excerpts:
Roger, Roger, tell me what the (expletive deleted) you want me to do. What do you want me to do. My son is dying. He’s 10.
Tell me what you want me to do. I told you in the (unintelligible). What do you want me to do? I’ll go to jail, I’ll do whatever you want.
Tell me what you want me to do. I’m firing my lawyers. I’m getting rid of everybody. I have nothing. What do you want me to do? My wife is gone. My kids are gone. What do you want me to do?
First and foremost, it’s safe to say that Brian McNamee is very close to losing it. He sounded very distraught in the conversation. I’m not sure why he would try to contact Clemens and I can’t figure out why he would offer to go to jail, as well as constantly ask Clemens what he wanted him to do. I also believe, along with many other people, that Clemens could have done a better job of clearing his name. I’m aware of the fact that Clemens had to be very careful of what he said due to legal matters, but if he had no involvement with steroids, he should have simply told McNamee, “I did not do steroids and you lied.”