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Remaking Kelli White in ESPN’s Image

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kelliwhite.jpgFormer sprinter, Kelli White, made an admission of BALCO-related guilt and now says she has moved on with her life.

However, White broke down quite painfully in the midst of an interview with ESPN’s Mark Fainaru-Wada after talking about how other athletes perceive her and then attempted to explain how she is presently at peace with herself.

The stark truth, apparent from her emotional falling out (and even that might have been for effect, as there were no tears shown and as we all know, tears make for great heartstring-tugging television), is that Kelli White is haunted by ghosts of her own making. 

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Of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and Falls From Grace

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On February 13 Roger Clemens walked out of the Capitol in trouble. In one key moment of that day, he testified that he was never at Jose Canseco’s home on June 9 1998 and even produced a receipt from a public golf course from that date. Clemens’ attendance at this party was an important point of contention between the pitcher and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee. One of Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin, used the golf course receipt to debunk McNamee’s story and attempt to destroy his credibility, a tactic Hardin hoped to hammer home in front of Congress through his famous client.

Twelve days later we now know that a photo of Roger Clemens at Jose’s Canseco’s home is purported to exist. We also know that a former major league baseball player has indicated that Clemens often joked about a conversation from Canseco’s party about breast augmentation between his wife Debbie and Canseco’s former wife Jessica.

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Pettitte, Clemens, Bonds, McNamee, Congress – We Have Ourselves a Fine Mess Here

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stanloomis.jpgSo, Andy Pettitte gets the kid gloves treatment: my gaaawd, he’s a veritable hero because he kinda, sorta came clean – over time…. we think. Roger the ‘Roid Dodger Clemens might not even be indicted. Dang it, there’s just not enough evidence. Oh really? Well, there’s that little thing of the physical evidence turned over by Brian McNamee to BALCO superhero Jeff Novitzky over one month ago that more than likely has already been tested; and the results are probably privately known. But all we hear is it’s a “he said-he said” case at this point.

Oh really?

What’s up with the former Clemens nanny who placed Clemens at Jose Canseco’s home just like McNamee said? That was, after all the point Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, chose to hone in on to disprove McNamee’s veracity. But I bet by the time the feds get back around to her she’ll speak less English than Sammy Sosa in front of a 2005 Congressional inquisition. What’s up with Laura Pettitte? She didn’t misremember.

But hold on just a Texas by way of Connecticut minute.

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Updates on Roger Clemens, Brian McNamee in Congress

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Update 3: Correction… On the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website various documents can be found. Some deal with today’s testimonies while others deal with past events such as Andy Pettitte’s affidavit, Laura Pettitte’s affidavit, and the depositions of all the principals. The transcripts can be found here.

Update 2: Apparently when the depositions come out, Mark Souder (R.-In.) says he tends to believe Brian McNamee. Souder let us in on this little secret. In his deposition, Andy Pettitte said after conversations with Clemens concerning steroids and HGH, Pettitte realized he couldn’t believe Clemens anymore.

Also at least three FBI agents were in the crowd, not six as originally reported. Souder says the FBI agents will check the physical evidence first. If there is DNA belonging to Clemens there will automatically be a perjury charge. But Souder does not know if there is enough evidence beyond that which is circumstantial, for a case to be generated.

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February 13, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Jeff Novitzky-Barry Bonds News You Likely Won’t Hear; On Roger Clemens: Rusty Hardin Said, Henry Waxman Said

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rogerdebbie1.jpgEvery one is gabbing about Roger Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, and his threat of IRS agent Jeff Novitzky and California Congressman Henry Waxman’s reaction to Hardin’s statements (see report below). But here’s some news about Jeff Novitzky you likely won’t hear from the talkers who command the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. sports news spin cycle. The judge in the Barry Bonds perjury case says she is wary of Novitzky:

Susan Ilston, the highly regarded district judge in the Bonds perjury case, is one of four federal judges who have condemned the tactics and questioned the candor of the indefatigable IRS agent Novitzky, according to a recent appellate decision.

The January 24, 2008, decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, concerning Novitzky’s extension of a warrant for 10 BALCO-related Major League players into a bold grab for the drug-testing records of about 100 players, has brought into greater focus starkly opposing judicial views on the aggressive methods of BALCO prosecutors and investigators.

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