Beefing Up

McNamee: I Injected Clemens in ‘98

Brian McNamee, the only person who claims to have witnessed Roger Clemens using performance-enhancing drugs firsthand, says he first injected the former baseball great with steroids in 1998. McNamee testified Monday at the perjury retrial for Clemens, who is charged with lying to Congress when he testified in 2008 that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee met Clemens when he was the strength-and-conditioning coach for the Blue Jays and said he injected Clemens eight to 10 times that year, but stopped when Clemens developed an abscess on his buttocks. McNamee said he knew it was illegal and he wishes he could take it back, but “I did it because I wanted to help and I wanted to keep my player safe ... I wasn’t under the assumption that was the first time he did that.”