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Clemens, Pettitte have unreleased McNamee tape

NY Daily News:

Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte sent private investigators to conduct a taped interview with Brian McNamee the day before the release of the Mitchell Report. Tapes of the extensive session have not been released by Clemens' camp.

McNamee's attorney, Earl Ward, issued a statement Monday calling for Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin to release the tapes, as Hardin did with a 17-minute recording of an emotional, profanity-laced conversation between McNamee and Clemens that occurred on Friday night. In that tape, which was played for the media at Clemens' press conference in Houston, McNamee laments the developments that have occurred, saying his son is ill and that he is broke. McNamee said, "I want it to go away. I'm with you in your corner ... but I also don't want to go to jail. It has nothing to do with you. I'd also like to sit down in person with you."

Of the taped interview that took place Dec.12, Ward said in a statement, "Brian told these investigators the same thing he told the federal authorities and Senator Mitchell. And we hearby demand the tape be released in its entirety immediately."

According to Joe Householder, a Hardin assistant, Clemens' attorneys do not plan to release the tape, at least not in the near future. Parts of it are included in the defamation lawsuit Clemens filed in a Texas state court just before the "60 Minutes" report aired Sunday night. "It's an item in the discovery process," Householder told the Daily News. "It'll probably become public during the discovery process."

So let me get this straight: Roger didn't know he was going to be named in the Mitchell Report. But, for no reason at all, decides to have a PI tape an interview with Brian McNamee the day before the Mitchell Report is released? Well that's pretty interesting. Either Roger knew about the accusations or he regularly tapes conversations with good friends.

This is all way too fishy. I hope Roger testifies on Jan. 16 and maybe we can have some hard evidence.