Roger Clemens can’t fool the MRI

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even the Republicans are starting to roll over on the Raj.


The now notorious “palpable mass” on Roger Clemens’ butt may be his undoing if his steroid case becomes a criminal charge.

This incredibly detailed memo goes well beyond the he said, she said assertions made in the public hearing before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

The 19-page document shows that team doctors from the Astros, Blue Jays and Red Sox all testified in affidavits that they never injected Clemens with pain shots, as he indicated before Congress. The memo, on page eight, also reveals a statement from a Dr. Mark Murphey, a top MRI expert with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, who said the MRI of Clemens “palpable mass” shows an injury that is consistent with steroid injections and not the B12 shot Clemens claims he took.

The next step in the judicial process, should the Department of Justice decide to pursue a criminal investigation, would be an FBI inquiry into the perjury allegation. …

Republicans who were initially skeptical of the high profile investigation by Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), after seeing the details behind the allegations of perjury, have signed off on the criminal referral.

“If he did lie, he should be held accountable,” said Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who was skeptical of Clemens trainer Brian McNamee’s testimony initially. …

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) also agreed with the criminal referral to the Department of Justice.

” Mr. Clemens gave statements in a sworn deposition on Feb. 5 and under oath before our hearing on Feb. 13 that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone,” Davis said. “Evidence in our investigative record contradicts those statements.’

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