Roger Clemens wanted to prove to the world (and by "the world" I mean "Dan Duquette") that he wasn't done when his Red Sox career ended.
And while he had one year that he basically willed himself to greatness, reality and physics trumped willpower and 35 year old pitchers tend to slip.
Enter old teammate Jose Canseco and trainer Brian McNamee and suddenly willpower could be injected.
Seriously, why would McNamee be telling the truth about Pettitte and Knoblauch (both who confirmed it) but not Clemens who was the big Alpha Dog?
Sure McNamee saved the needles. He was a former cop and he knew something like this could help him if he were in trouble.
Sure he lied early on. These trainer/'roids distributors are hangers on who look to be taken care of by their rich clients for their loyalty. Don't believe me? How long does Greg Anderson have to sit in jail before you realize how much loyalty means to these guys.
McNamee even took the bullet in that sketchy "was it a sexual assault? Was it not?" night in Florida in 2001 that is being brought up. Why? To protect the Yankees player or coach who had relations with the woman earlier that night.
It's all consistent. And he lied right up until the point where he realized he might go to jail for lying.
Anderson did. McNamee didn't.
And that's why the Bonds thing ended and the Clemens case is going on. (That and the fact that Bonds knew when to keep his mouth shut and Clemens is too bull headed to do so.)
Clemens side doesn't make any sense.
A trainer gave him B12 shots... and that caused an abscess that B12 doesn't cause but steroids do?
He works out and trains with a guy who is on his payroll who gave Pettitte, Knoblauch AND Clemens' wife juice but NOT Clemens?
Clemens body just HAPPENS to balloon up and he just HAPPENS to increase velocity in his late 30s around the time that he is in Toronto with a steroid distributing trainer who he swears by and Jose Canseco who has injected everything except Windex into his ass?
None of it makes sense.
All I know is everything I read in the book American Icon makes 100% sense to me.
Then again, the burden of proof at Barnes and Nobles is pretty low as well.
I can't prove it in a court of law. That's not my job. Maybe it should have been.