- The Washington Times - Monday, January 14, 2008

Either Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee is lying, one of the charges against Marion Jones that resulted in a six-month prison sentence.

Federal investigators have not questioned Clemens on his purported steroid use yet. That is merely one of the unknown elements hanging over the tarnished pitcher.

Clemens is in full denial mode, not unlike Jones at one time, right down to filing a lawsuit against his former trainer.

The lawsuit is mostly decorative, intended to sway public opinion, just as Jones attempted to do in her lawsuit against Victor Conte.

We now know how it turned out with Jones.

She will be reporting to prison in March, a fate that McNamee wanted to avoid.

That is why he gave up Clemens to federal investigators.

He certainly seemed distraught by this act of self-preservation during his 17-minute taped conversation with Clemens.

But he saw no other way. As long as he was truthful with federal investigators and the Mitchell Report commission, he would remain a free man.

Clemens, of course, wants everyone to believe McNamee is the liar, which demands a good dose of gullibility.

If McNamee did lie to federal investigators and the Mitchell Report commission, then he has put his freedom at considerable risk.

Why would anyone with a couple of brain cells do that?

Why would anyone make up a story about a celebrated pitcher while undoubtedly knowing the pitcher would come after him with conviction?

McNamee had nothing to gain by lying to authorities. And he has nothing to gain in his highly public war of words with Clemens.

Clemens has celebrity, money and power on his side. As McNamee said in his conversation with Clemens, he has nothing but a sick child in his midst.

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