But fortheloveofallthatisgoodandholy Roger Clemens has made me think he is incredibly guilty in this whole Mitchell Report mess. After he didn't speak for days, put out a rather odd and rehearsed YouTube video then agreed to do a 60 Minutes interview with uber-fan Mike Wallace, he gives us this from that interview, set to air Sunday:
When asked by Wallace if McNamee had ever injected him with any drugs, Clemens responds: "Lidocaine and B-12. It's for my joints, and B-12 I still take today."OK, Roger. Come on, now. Honestly. If this was truly the case -- which by the way, this was the same excuse Rafael Palmeiro used, we all know how that worked out -- why in the hell would you NOT SAY THIS ON THE DAY THE REPORT CAME OUT. Why would you wait nearly three and a half weeks to state this? It makes no sense. I'm not sure who Clemens' PR adviser is, but they're doing an awful job. (I suspect he does his own PR. This is the only logical conclusion.)
Clemens calls the accusation "ridiculous" and says he "never" used any banned substances.
"Swear?" asks Wallace.
"[I] swear," says Clemens.
Look, I know the statements made by Brian McNamee supposedly wouldn't hold up well in the court of law. And I know Roger Clemens has never tested positive for any banned substance in baseball. But I think it's extremely naive of us to side with Clemens here as intelligent baseball fans. I just can't muster up any benefit of the doubt for this guy.
Sorry, Roger. We deserve much better than this.