Nearly three years after he began cooperating with Jeff Novitzky’s federal probe of steroids in baseball, Brian McNamee testified before the grand jury investigating McNamee’s former client, Roger Clemens, for perjury.
McNamee, his hair long and his necktie emblazoned with the logo of a friend’s nutritional supplement company, arrived at the E. Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse flanked by his New York attorneys, Richard Emery and Earl Ward.
That’s right, folks, you can now buy ad space on Brian McNamee’s tie. Look:
OK, first off: Kudos to McNamee, I guess, for coming up with a genius new money-making scheme, now that the steroids business is all dried up.
But who at the supplement company thought it would be a good idea to associate the business with a guy who is in court to detail how he distributed illegal substances? I mean, I know in some communities selling steroids is a pretty righteous thing to do, and if you talk to the right weightlifter he’ll chew your ear off about how they’re not really that dangerous if you use them right and all that, and then for some reason get really, really angry when you insinuate that he might have small testicles.
Still, shouldn’t a supplement company selling legal products want to go out of its way to distinguish them from the illicit ones? I guess McNamee is friends with ANC’s owner, and clearly this was a good way to get his brand plastered all over the AP photo wire. Maybe all press is good press in the supplement industry. I just don’t think I want to buy anything Brian McNamee’s selling. Certainly not while he’s rocking that mullet.