Thursday, June 17, 2010
Report: Segui testifies before grand jury
WASHINGTON -- Former major leaguer David Segui appeared Thursday before the federal grand jury investigating Roger Clemens for perjury.
The New York Daily News reported that Segui testified for about 90 minutes. Segui declined comment to the paper as he left the grand jury room.
Segui told the Daily News earlier this month that he didn't know if Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, but he expected to be questioned about the vials, needles and bloodstained gauze that Clemens' former trainer gave to investigators in 2008, claiming it was evidence Clemens used steroids.
Brian McNamee told investigators he had told Segui about the medical waste about 10 years ago. If Segui confirmed McNamee's account during his appearance before the grand jury, he would undermine one possible Clemens defense if the pitcher is ultimately charged with perjury.
Clemens attorney Rusty Hardin has claimed that McNamee manufactured the evidence to bolster his claims about Clemens' drug use in the Mitchell report, which was released in December 2007.
Segui played in the majors from 1990-2004 with the Orioles, Mets, Expos, Blue Jays, Mariners Rangers and Indians.
McNamee told former Sen. George Mitchell that he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with steroids and HGH at least 16 times. Clemens vehemently denied the allegations during a February 2008 congressional hearing on the Mitchell report on steroid use in baseball. Congressional leaders said it appeared that Clemens had lied during the hearing and asked the Justice Department to investigate if Clemens committed perjury.