Roger Clemens' defense team will argue that his former trainer came up with a plan to blackmail him with manufactured evidence in 2001, long before either become embroiled in the sporting world's ongoing steroid scandal.
A convicted drug dealer who says he used to supply steroids to former baseball slugger Mark McGwire told ESPN on Thursday that McGwire's goal was to get "bigger, faster, stronger" to improve his performance on the field.
For years, every chance Tony La Russa got, he spoke up for Mark McGwire, saying that the hitter was clean and honorable and that his muscles were the product of an unparalleled work ethic. Now, with the lies confessed, that narrative is gone.
Brian McNamee, the personal trainer who accused Roger Clemens of using steroids and human growth hormone last year, gave a DNA sample to FBI agents in August to bolster his accusation, two sources told ESPN.
Managers such as Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre could have intervened in baseball's burgeoning steroids problem a decade ago, but baseball's code of silence kept them and others from speaking up, writes ESPN's T.J. Quinn.