Roger Clemens doesn’t testify, former Yankees employee “I don’t believe” Brian McNamee

6/12/12 in MLB   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

While over 20 witnesses took to the stands during Roger Clemens’ perjury trial, the star pitcher himself declined to testify when the defense rested its’ case on Mondays’ rebuttal.
 
As the days court proceedings were nearly concluded, U.S District Judge Reggie Walton inquired of Roger Clemens if he would take the send and if he had previous knowledge of this legal right.
 
 "Yes sir,” responded Roger Clemens. “I am, not testifying."
 
However, Judge Reggie Walton wanted to make sure that Roger Clemens had the opportunity to discuss this legal option with his attorney.
 
"Yes judge,” Roger Clemens acknowledged, “I sure have.”
 
For the defense, Roger Clemens testimony was not the highlight of the days’ court proceeding. They were rather banking on New York Yankees’ former chief of security Gerald Laveroni’s testimony, to tarnish Brian McNamee’s credibility.
 
"I don't believe he (Brian McNamee) could be believed under oath," declared Gerald Laveroni, in his testimony on Monday.
 
When the defense Attorney Rusty Hardin inquired about Brian McNamee’s credibility, Gerald Laveroni responded that the trainer boasted “zero" credibility.
 
Brian McNamee is the key and firsthand witness to Roger Clemens’ alleged steroids and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) use. Brian McNamee gave a testimony in front of Congress in 2008, accusing Roger Clemens of using performance enhancing drugs. In his testimony, Brian McNamee claimed that as Roger Clemens’ former strength trainer, he injected the seven-time CY Young Award winner with HGH many a times during 1998, 2000 and 2001.
 
Upon turning down any such claims in a congressional hearing, Roger Clemens was faces three charges of making false statements, one count of impeding Congress’s progress in an investigation into the pitchers’ alleged drug abuse and for delivering thirteen misleading statements. If charges are proven against him, Roger Clemens could face a 21 month sentence.
 
Gerald Laveroni’s testimony lacked claims made behind factual information, since reasons for the former security chief’s mistrust in Brian McNamee were off the courtroom discussion (such as the former strength coach’s prior alleged sexual assault case). Still his testimony did not portray Brian McNamee in a good light.
 
Gerald Laveroni worked for the New York Yankees from 200-2010, and during that 2000-2001, he constantly came in contact with Roger Clemens and his chief Brian McNamee at the clubhouse.
The witness’s testimony strongly supported Roger Clemens’ character of a dedicated and broadly respected veteran pitcher; describing his presence within the team as “electricity in the
clubhouse.”
“I saw professionalism that I hadn’t seen before,” stated Gerald Laveroni.
 
However, Gerald Laveroni confessed that there were no restrictions to the New York Yankees’ training room, thus potentially any player could have been involved in drug abuse.
 
Before the defense rested its’ case at 11:22 a.m, Roger Clemens’ attorney Michael Attanasio read a stipulation that was agreed upon by both the government and defense. It followed that during the experimental phase of drug testing in MLB, Roger Clemens never had a positive result.  When a legally mandatory drug testing policy was applied from 2004-2007, Roger Clemens still maintained a clean drug record. However, during that period tests for HGH were not carried through.
 
As roger Clemens’ perjury trail enters its’ ninth week, Judge Reggie Walton has orders the lawyers of both parties to deliver their concluding statements by Tuesday.
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