Did Clemens’ foundation pay for drugs?
Brian McNamee told federal investigators that Roger Clemens’ nonprofit organization paid him for his training services, including providing the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs, the New York Times reported on its website Sunday night.
McNamee told authorities investigating Clemens for perjury that the payments were made from the Roger Clemens Foundation from 1998-2001, according to several people briefed on the investigation, the Times reported. McNamee, who claims he routinely injected Clemens with steroids during that time, said he was also paid in cash and personal checks.
Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin disputed McNamee’s claims, telling the newspaper the former trainer had again lied to federal authorities.
"Obviously, Roger never paid him for any drugs anytime and he never paid him out of the foundation for his training services at any time,” Hardin said. "The foundation’s records will show that.”
McNamee reportedly tried to find documents to support his accusations about the payments but couldn’t produce them.
Clemens is under investigation for possible perjury charges stemming from his statements under oath to Congress in February 2008 in which he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.