Brian McNamee says he couldn't risk lying to federal agents when
they asked him about Roger Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs.
McNamee, the pitcher's former trainer, spoke on "The Howard
Stern Show" on Monday as a federal grand jury in Washington looks
into whether Clemens lied to Congress.
"You just think of circumstances," McNamee said. "It wasn't
worth that risk of that being over my head for six years - that's
the term they have to investigate you and convene a grand jury."
McNamee declined comment after leaving Stern's studio. He has
told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and a
House of Representatives committee that he injected Clemens more
than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from
McNamee said he doesn't believe he violated Clemens' loyalty by
confessing to authorities. His business was doing well independent
of his work with the pitcher, McNamee said, though he acknowledged
his affiliation with Clemens helped his credibility.
"It wasn't a financial thing for me to work with Clemens,"
"Were we friends?" McNamee added. "I think there was a little
bit of an arm's distance we kept."
McNamee was promoting a Web site he is affiliated with,
sportsimproper.com, and appeared on the radio show with the site's
"spokesmodel," Mai Tran.
Stern conceded he didn't know much about the Clemens case. The
approximately 45-minute interview was more classic Stern than ESPN,
complete with innuendo-laced questions about McNamee injecting
Clemens' wife with HGH.
Asked if Clemens would have been a Hall of Famer without
performance-enhancing drugs, McNamee said, "He left Boston in '96;
if he never played after '96, he was a Hall of Famer."
The latest star player to be linked to steroids is Alex
Rodriguez, who reportedly tested positive in 2003.
"I would hope it's not true, just for the sake of the game,"
McNamee said. "But it's something he's going to have to seriously
contemplate coming up with a decision of how to approach it if it
As other players have shown, he said, honesty works best.
"I think the best course of action if it is true - like Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte, they just went on with their business and made a lot of money," McNamee said.
Asked if his life was ruined, McNamee said, "No."
Is he broke? "I'm on the fence."
He said he had work opportunities but it's difficult to follow
through because of all the publicity.
"You get caught up in a culture," he said. "I made a mistake.
I wouldn't do it again. It was stupid. I never made money off it."
McNamee said he was trying to keep a low profile, though he
conceded the Stern interview contradicted that. At dinner Sunday
night, he wasn't pleased that three strangers came up to him asking
"I'm a very private person," he said. "I never wanted the
limelight. I was thrust into this."