Clemens just asked McNamee (on the tape) “Why would you say I did steroids?”
McNamee didn’t say, “Well, because you did.” Instead he keeps saying, “What do you want me to do, Roger?” It’s not much but it’s something.
This is pretty ugly. McNamee doesn’t sound like a well man whatsoever. He’s on the verge of tears. This will play well for Clemens.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: I’m no lawyer but can you tape record a conversation like that? This is wild stuff.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Hardin says Clemens will go to Congress next week.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: I’ve been around Clemens at various times since 1996 or so. I’ve never seen him this furious.
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Hardin says taping the call was legal. Seems like Clemens set him up. His lawyers were in the room.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Going on 60 Minutes, doing this press conference and the McNamee tape will gain Roger a lot of support in the public, I suspect. If he does well in Washington, he could swing this thing his way.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: The press conference is over. Clemens started cursing, said he didn’t care about the Hall of Fame and walked off the stage. Pretty ugly scene.