Brian Gerard McNamee (born c. 1967) is a former New York City police officer,personal trainer, and Major League Baseball strength-and-conditioning coach. He is notable for providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players, and also for testifying against former New York YankeespitcherRoger Clemens at a 2008 United States Congressionalhearing that concerned the veracity of the 2007 George J. MitchellReport.
McNamee, the youngest of eight children born to John Francis McNamee (1925-2020) and Eleanor Margaret Harte (1931-2018), grew up in Breezy Point, Queens. He attended Archbishop Molloy High School. From 1986 to 1989, McNamee was a student at St. John’s University in Queens. At one point he was employed at St John’s University, teaching in the sports management program. McNamee falsely held himself out to be a doctor. He claimed his doctorate was from Columbus University (Louisiana).
McNamee gained notoriety following the release of Major League Baseball’s Mitchell Report, which alleges that McNamee helped acquire performance-enhancing drugs including anabolic steroids, amphetamines, and human growth hormone (HGH) for some or all of the players he personally trained, who included Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Chuck Knoblauch. McNamee told the Mitchell Commission during their 20-month investigation that he began injecting Clemens with steroids during the 1998 season and that he continued to provide these steroids through 2001. Given the dominant performances produced by Clemens from that time forward, such that Clemens had become widely expected to be a future member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, many feel that this claim constitutes the most incendiary accusation in the Mitchell Report.
On January 4, 2008, Clemens had a telephone conversation with McNamee in which Clemens stated he “just wants the truth” from someone, never actually telling his former personal trainer to come out and clear the pitcher’s name. Clemens said many times in the conversation that the steroid accusations were false; McNamee never agreed or disagreed when this statement was made, simply pleading, “…tell me what you want me to do.” McNamee did state, however, “It is what it is,” meaning he told the truth.
Clemens filed a lawsuit against McNamee shortly before the recorded conversation for defamation of character. McNamee’s attorneys argued that McNamee was compelled to cooperate by federal officials and thus his statements were protected. A federal judge agreed, throwing out all claims related to McNamee’s statements to investigators on February 13, 2009, but allowing the case to proceed on statements McNamee made about Clemens to Andy Pettitte.
During the summer of 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, McNamee took the stand as the prosecution’s central witness in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens. McNamee conceded that his representations regarding Clemens had “evolved” over a period of years. Ultimately, McNamee’s admitted inconsistencies resulted in the acquittal of Clemens.