Sticking to his guns
It appears from his one-on-one meetings with members of Congress that
Clemens requested the meetings, which occurred on Thursday, the same day that his former personal trainer,
"I told [Clemens] that, while I was concerned about what his testimony might be and the allegations against him and others," Cummings says, "that my greater concern went to young people trying to emulate things they assumed major league players were doing." Clemens told Cummings that he would like to join any effort to educate young people about steroids.
Cummings added that he reminded Clemens that he had better tell the truth before the committee, and implied that he will ask questions that would put either Clemens or McNamee in the position of having to lie if they are both to stick to their public statements.
Cummings previously told SI.com that he does not think the committee will hesitate to investigate Clemens or McNamee if either seems to be lying. Last week he said that "considering the precedent that has been set with regard to [
It is not entirely clear why Clemens requested the one-on-one meetings, but staffers for committee members say that it is not unprecedented for prospective witnesses to request meetings, particularly to try to get some sense of what the most incisive inquisitors might be interested in come hearing time.