Secret drug relationship outlined at Clemens trial

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at federal court in Washington, Monday, May 14, 2012. Clemens' chief accuser is expected to testify Monday against the former pitcher, a make-or-break moment for the prosecution as it seeks to convict Clemens of perjury. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former friend and coach of pitcher Roger Clemens has described for jurors a relationship with Clemens that had the hallmarks of an illicit affair — except their secret was steroids.

Brian McNamee told jurors Monday that he first injected Clemens with steroids after a game in 1998. At the time, Clemens was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, and McNamee was their strength and conditioning coach.

McNamee testified that Clemens asked him, "Are you available tonight?" McNamee said he knew what that meant.

It has taken a month for prosecutors to get to their key witness. McNamee is the only person who will claim firsthand knowledge of Clemens using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens' denial before Congress of using those drugs led to his indictment for lying to Congress.