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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Roger Clemens Grand Jury News, DNA Tests, CJ Nitkowski

News from the Washington DC grand jury hearing evidence about potential perjury charges against Roger Clemens continues to come out.

The Associated Press reported that the syringes, gauze pads etc. that Brian McNamee turned over to investigators were being examined at the UCLA Olympic doping lab to see if they contain Clemens’ DNA.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the lab has indeed found Clemens’ DNA in syringes turned over by McNamee.

Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens's DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

According to the Post, the DNA tests are preliminary and “subject to verification tests,” citing two sources. Those sources also told the Post that Clemens had voluntarily given a DNA sample to federal authorities.

One major question still to be answered is whether or not the syringes ever contained anabolic steroids or human growth hormone. Clemens has said that he received many vitamin B12 shots and at least one anti-inflammatory shot.

Still, the DNA results are only part of the equation. Scientists at the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles, who were brought onto the case by authorities, are trying to determine whether the syringes ever contained steroids and human growth hormone, the sources said.

It was also reported this week that CJ Nitkowski was interviewed by federal authorities in mid January. Nitkowski has defended McNamee in the past, even telling agents that McNamee dissuaded him from using steroids in 2001. Nitkowski had trained with McNamee and on occasion along side Clemens and Andy Pettitte among others. Nitkowski has always claimed no knowledge of Clemens’ (or anyone else’s) use of steroids or human growth hormone.

"I have never seen Roger or Andy take any illegal performance-enhancing drugs," Nitkowski told the AP. "I have never talked to either of them about PEDs, nor do I have any firsthand knowledge of them taking any PEDs… My role has always been and continues to be someone who knew Mac well, trained with him and could speak to his character as a trainer."


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