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If Clemens and McNamee agree to testify under oath before Congress next month, one of them will be a lawbreaker.

McNamee’s attorney made it perfectly clear how he sees it in an interview with ESPN’s Bob Ley yesterday.

Earl Ward, McNamee’s attorney, said if Clemens sticks to his denials under oath before Congress, he will have bigger concerns than whether he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“I think we’ll be talking about Roger Clemens being indicted,” Ward said on “Outside the Lines.”

That is strong stuff.

But as we learned with Jones, it was not her usage of steroids that contributed to a prison term. It was the cover-up. It was the repeated denials to federal investigators.

She broke the rules of her sport and was stripped of her five medals from the Sydney Games.

The loss of those medals were the least of her worries as she hid behind her two children and pleaded with the judge to be lenient last week.

That is the game Clemens is playing now.

He is trying to salvage a reputation that is destined to be tainted, no matter how many times he huffs and puffs and claims to be a victim.

The victim card does not reflect well on a pitcher who used intimidation as part of his weaponry to dominate hitters.

If Clemens used steroids to extend a career well past its prime and felt compelled to come clean, he would face nothing more serious than the future condemnation of Hall of Fame voters.

By mounting a vigorous defense, he is inviting a thorough inspection from federal investigators and the gasbags on Capitol Hill.

Now if McNamee has besmirched the previously good name of Clemens, McNamee will go down as one of the dumbest stool pigeons ever.

He will be facing the prison stint he so desperately sought to avoid.

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