Cone Denies Conversation With McNamee

Ex-pitcher said he never talked about drug testing in baseball
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2008 12:55 PM CST
Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, right, attorney Charles Scheeler, center, and Clemens former trainer Brian McNamee, left, are sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – David Cone said last night he never had a conversation with Roger Clemens' former strength coach Brian McNamee about drug testing in Major League Baseball, reports the New York Times. During testimony before Congress yesterday, McNamee was asked about a conversation he said he had with Cone in 2000 that led him to hold on to syringes he said he used on Clemens.

 “In no way, shape or form did I say anything like that to anyone, much less Brian McNamee,” Cone said. Representative Mark E. Souder asked McNamee about a portion of his deposition in which he said Cone told him that baseball’s owners were not in favor of drug testing, but that they needed a valid excuse to provide to the news media when reporters asked about it.