Photo Looks Like Trouble for Clemens

Fan's party snapshot could figure in potential federal investigation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 6:26 PM CST
Photo Looks Like Trouble for Clemens
Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, left, is handed notes by one of his attorneys Lanny Breuer, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, as Clemens testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on drug use in baseball. A photograph...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – An 11-year-old fan's photo of Roger Clemens could mean trouble for the scandal-battered pitcher, especially if the congressional committee pursuing the steroids investigation refers the case to the Justice Department, the New York Daily News reports. The image is allegedly of Clemens at a 1988 party given by Jose Canseco, which he and Canseco have both testified he didn't attend.

“We have reason to believe it's reliable evidence,” said a lawyer for Clemens nemesis Brian McNamee. The House Oversight Committee is expected to refer the entire case, rather than just Clemens' involvement, to the Feds, sources said; doing so may pacify both critics who see a racist double standard to date in the way Clemens and Barry Bonds have been treated by investigators, as well as those who object to Congress’ pursuing the investigation at all. (Read more Roger Clemens stories.)

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