Clemens is charged with lying when he told Congress in 2008 that he never used steroids or human growth hormone. Brian McNamee is the only witness to claim firsthand knowledge of Clemens using those substances. He testified last month that he injected Clemens in 1998, 2000, and 2001 and saved the needle and other waste from a 2001 injection. He said he put some of it in a Miller Lite can to bring home because his wife was giving him a "hard time every single day."
In testimony that sometimes sounded more like divorce court than criminal court Eileen McNamee spun a narrative that could give the jury more pause when evaluating Brian McNamee's credibility.
Among the other differences in their stories:
Brian McNamee testified that he showed his wife the needles and other waste from the injection as soon as he got home that night, and that she played a role in putting them - along with beer can - in a FedEx box. Eileen McNamee said she wasn't even aware the box was in the house until shortly afterward, when she discovered it on a shelf in the basement during a time of flooding in the neighborhood.
When she asked him about the box, she said he replied that he was "saving things for his protection and it was none of my concern."
Eileen McNamee said she saw the box again two or three years later. She said she pulled out the contents and saw some vials and what appeared to be unused needles. She said she didn't recall seeing a beer can in the box, but that there was a Bud Light can with syringes sitting next to the box.
Eileen McNamee indicated that the couple's marriage began to deteriorate because of an incident in Florida in 2001. The jury has heard the 2001 incident referred to only as a "serious criminal investigation," but it involved Brian McNamee being questioned about an alleged sexual assault in connection with a woman who was found to have a date rape drug in her system. He was not charged.
Brian McNamee moved out of the couple's home shortly before the 2007 Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball was released. It was only then that she said he told her about his involvement with Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs.