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Ex-Yankee security director says Clemens accuser McNamee can't be believed

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, left, arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012, for his perjury trial. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

WASHINGTON - The former director of security for the New York Yankees testified Monday that Brian McNamee, the chief accuser in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, can't be believed.

"I don't believe he could be believed under oath," said Gerald Laveroni, who was the team's security director from 2000-2010. McNamee, Clemens' former strength coach, has testified that he provided the former pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.

Laveroni, who overlapped with Clemens and McNamee in 2000 and 2001, said he was around McNamee every day.

Clemens' lawyer Rusty Hardin asked how much credibility McNamee has.

"Zero," Laveroni replied.

The defence plans to wrap up its case Monday in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, followed by rebuttal witnesses for the government. There's no indication the defence has any plan to put Clemens himself on the witness stand.

Prosecutor Steve Durham says he expects the rebuttal to take about a half-day.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said last week he wants the lawyers to give closing arguments Tuesday. He'll then send the case to the jury with his instructions.

The trial is now in its ninth week.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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