McNamee said his wife, Eileen, told him, “You’re going to go down! You’re going to go down! You’re going to go down!”
McNamee, Clemens‘ former strength coach, has said he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner multiple times with steroids and human growth hormone. He said he had told his wife about the injections.
He said he wanted to do something that would make his wife stop giving him a “hard time every single day,” so he took a swab and cotton ball from a Clemens‘ steroid injection in 2001, put it in a beer can, and brought it home.
He said when he showed it to his wife, she said, “all right.”
The waste collected by McNamee is the physical evidence prosecutors are using against Clemens in his perjury trial. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or HGH.
McNamee said he stored the material in a FedEx box, first in a closet in his basement, then in a closet in his master bedroom. He said he didn’t have any plans to use the material in any way.
McNamee, who testified Monday that he injected Clemens with steroids 8 to 10 times when they were with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, said Tuesday he injected him on multiples occasions when the two men were reunited with the New York Yankees in 2000 and 2001.
According to McNamee, Clemens told him in 2000, “I’m ready to start up again. You have a guy, right?” McNamee turned to Kurt Radomski, who touted human growth hormone, as the “latest and greatest,” and McNamee went back to check with Clemens.
“He said, ‘Sure, get it,’” McNamee said.
The strength coach also recounted injecting Clemens‘ wife, Debbie, with HGH, at her request in 2003. McNamee said that Clemens was present for the injection, while Clemens has said he was not. One of the false charges Clemens is alleged to have made to Congress is that McNamee injected his wife without Clemens‘ prior knowledge or approval.