Roger Clemens trial timeline
1993: Brian McNamee, then a New York City cop, hired as a bullpen catcher by the New York Yankees, a job he held until 1995. During that time, he began to train “Olympic-caliber athletes” on the side.
1998: McNamee was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. The Blue Jays had signed Roger Clemens a year prior and the two had a professional relationship that developed into friendship.
June 1998: McNamee claims he attended a party in Florida hosted by Jose Canseco, who also played in Toronto at the time. (Clemens denies he attended the party.) McNamee said he saw Canseco and Clemens talking, and a short time later Clemens asked about steroids for the first time.
Summer 1998: McNamee allegedly injects Clemens with Winstrol, a common anabolic steroids that Clemens provided himself. McNamee says he injected Clemens in the buttocks about four times, all taking place in Clemens’ apartment at Rogers Centre (formerly known as SkyDome). Clemens wins fourth Cy Young Award.
Feb. 18, 1999: Yankees acquire Clemens via a trade with the Blue Jays. McNamee remained with the Blue Jays during the 1999 season.
2000: Yankees hire McNamee as their strength and conditioning coach at Clemens’ insistence. McNamee becomes acquainted with New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski, who would become McNamee’s supplier of performance-enhancing drugs.
Middle of 2000 season: Clemens allegedly tells McNamee he’s ready to use again. McNamee injects Clemens with Sustanon 250 or Deca-Durabolin four to six times. He also injected Clemens with human growth hormone during the same period.
August 2001: Clemens again allegedly informs McNamee he was ready for another round of steroids. He injected Clemens on four or five occasions at Clemens’ New York apartment. Clemens goes on to win fifth Cy Young Award.
October 2001: McNamee questioned by police after allegedly having sex with a woman who said she did not consent to sexual activity in a hotel pool in St. Petersburg, Fla. The date rape drug, GHB, was found in her system, but McNamee was never charged. The Yankees did not renew McNamee’s contract, although he still trained Clemens and teammate Andy Pettitte on the side.
Sept. 16, 2007: Clemens pitches final major league game.
Dec. 13, 2007: Clemens is one of 86 players named in the Mitchell Report, baseball’s independent investigation into steroid use in the game. Jeff Novitzky, the IRS agent who uncovered the BALCO scandal, compels McNamee to talk to investigators sent by former Sen. George Mitchell.
Jan. 6, 2008: Clemens files a defamation lawsuit against McNamee.
Jan. 7, 2008: Clemens plays a tape of a secretly recorded phone call with McNamee during a news conference.
Feb. 5, 2008: Clemens and Pettitte deposed by congressional investigators.
Feb. 7, 2008: McNamee hands gauze, vials and syringes over to federal authorities. McNamee’s lawyers claim the items — purportedly used to inject Clemens with steroids — contain the pitcher’s DNA.
Feb. 13, 2008: Clemens appears in front of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, even though leadership of the subcommittee tells the Clemens he doesn’t have to testify. Under oath, Clemens denies he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee testified he injected Clemens with banned substances as many as 21 times.
Feb. 17, 2008: Reform Committee asks the Department of Justice to investigate whether Clemens lied in his deposition and testimony in front of congress.
April 22, 2009: McNamee files defamation suit against Clemens. Lawsuit on hold until after Clemens’ criminal trial concludes.
August 28, 2009: Federal court dismissed defamation suit brought by Clemens against McNamee. Decision later upheld on appeal.
Aug. 19, 2010: Clemens indicted by federal grand jury in Washington. Charges include three counts making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction — all related to his testimony in front of congress and interviews with congressional investigators.
June 28, 2011: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to take up Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee on appeal, dealing the final blow to the lawsuit.
July 14, 2011: Clemens perjury case declared a mistrial because of prosecution presenting inadmissible evidence shown to jurors.
July 29, 2011: Clemens’ attorneys ask US District Court Judge Reggie Walton to dismiss the case on the grounds of double jeopardy.
Sept. 7, 2011: Walton rules double jeopardy does not apply since the defense could not prove persecutors intentionally showed the jury inadmissible evidence. April 17 is selected as the new trial date, which was later moved up one day.
Feb. 2, 2012: Two new assistant US attorneys added to the case, doubling the number of prosecutors to four.