WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Admitted drug supplier Kirk Radomski, a key witness in the perjury investigation of Roger Clemens, met here Wednesday afternoon with federal prosecutors in preparation for an appearance before a grand jury.
Radomski, the one-time New York Mets clubhouse attendant who injected names into former Sen. George Mitchell's nearly two-year steroid investigation, could appear as early as Thursday before the grand jury, which is determining whether Clemens lied under oath to Congress last year when he denied taking performance-enhance drugs.
The 39-year-old Radomski has told Mitchell and federal investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs -- including human growth hormone -- to Clemens' former personal trainer Brian McNamee that he believes were intended for use by the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. Last July, Radomski discovered and turned over to federal investigators an overnight shipping receipt for a package of two kits of HGH that he sent after the 2002 season, in care of McNamee, to Clemens at the pitcher's Houston home.
Federal agents raided Radomski's Long Island home in December 2005, uncovering evidence that he supplied anabolic steroids and HGH to hundreds of baseball players beginning in 1995. Radomski was sentenced to five years probation last February after pleading guilty to distributing steroids and laundering money.
It is not known if Clemens himself will be called before the grand jury, but a former Washington federal prosecutor said such a move, if made, would likely come late in the grand jury process. Upon learning Monday that the grand jury is hearing evidence against Clemens, his attorney, Rusty Hardin, told ESPN.com, "We have no knowledge of [the grand jury] one way or the other.'"
The legal woes for Clemens stem from his appearance before a Congressional hearing last February, in which he and McNamee, his former personal trainer, offered starkly different testimony under oath. McNamee detailed his having injected the pitching icon with performance-enhancing drugs more than a dozen times, while Clemens vehemently denied ever taking steroids or HGH.
After the hearing, leadership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Com mittee asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate Clemens. Lawmakers did not ask for a similar investigation of McNamee.
McNamee was scheduled to meet here Tuesday afternoon with federal prosecutors, but the interview was postponed.
Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.