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Roger Clemens indicted on federal charges

Aug 19, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

Roger Clemens is going to be indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to Congress. Possibly as early as today.

After a nineteen month investigation, a federal grand jury has indicted Roger Clemens for lying under oath to Congress when he denied
taking performance-enhancing drugs. The charges Clemens faces are: one count of obstruction of Congress; three counts of making false statements, and two
counts of perjury. The indictment — which can be read here — cites 15 distinct instances of
Clemens obstructing Congress.

The charges arise out of Clemens’ February 13, 2008 hearing before a
Congressional committee during which he swore under oath that he did not
take performance-enhancing drugs and did not discuss
performance-enhancing drugs with his former trainer Brian McNamee, Andy
Pettitte and others.

Following Clemens’ testimony, Congress asked the Department of Justice to investigate Clemens’ statements, saying in a letter to the Attorney General
“that significant questions have been raised about Mr. Clemens’s
truthfulness.”  Among those questions were, according to the Committee,
“seven sets of assertions made by Mr. Clemens in
his testimony that appear to be contradicted by other evidence before
the committee or implausible.”  Specifically:

  • Clemens’
    testimony that he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs;
  • His statement that McNamee
    injected him with the painkiller lidocaine;
  • His statement that team trainers gave him
    pain injections;
  • His statement that he received many vitamin B-12 injections;
  • His statement that he
    never discussed HGH with Brian McNamee;
  • His statement that he was not at then-teammate Jose Canseco’s home during a party which took place in early June 1998; and
  • His statement that he was never told about George Mitchell’s
    request to speak to him prior to the release of the Mitchell Report.

In its referral to the DOJ, Congress also made reference to “additional
evidence on these matters,” which presumably meant needles,
blood-stained gauze and other items McNamee turned over to
federal prosecutors in January 2008, and which he claims were evidence
of his injecting Clemens with PEDs.

All of these assertions, as well as the needle and gauze evidence, has
been subject to scrutiny by the grand jury which convened in early
2009.  DNA testing has been performed. Multiple witnesses including
McNamee, Andy Pettitte and Jose Canseco have testified. It is suspected
that many others have as well, including former major league pitcher
Jason Grimsley, former gym owner Kelly Blair and former New York Mets
clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski. And now, after months of collecting evidence, the grand jury has issued
an indictment.

As I have written previously and will continue to note as the
case proceeds towards trial, an accusation does not necessarily make a
conviction likely, especially in a perjury case, especially in this
perjury case.  Many of Clemens’ statements are exceedingly difficult to
square with known facts and common sense. At the same time, many of the
witnesses against Clemens already face credibility issues, Brian
McNamee chief among them
.  Even if you believe, as I am inclined to,
that Clemens was not truthful during his Congressional testimony,
convicting him of perjury will be no easy feat.

But that is what trials are for and a trial in this case, if one ever
occurs, will not take place for a very, very long time. In the meantime,
Roger Clemens has a date with federal agents, a finger print ink
pad and a mug shot photographer. Because he is about to be criminally
charged

  1. Florida727 - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Guilty of a “very serious offense”? You’re either way too much into sports, or you’re just plain stupid. The guy was a BASEBALL PLAYER for cryin’ out loud. He wasn’t curing cancer. I agree with a couple other posters who said our government resources need to be focused on REAL issues.
    How about an indictment to get Obama to produce PROOF that he was even born in America? I certainly HOPE all you Democrats are enjoying all the CHANGE… especially with taxes in 2011 slated to escalate so you get to keep far less of what you earn. Start with getting taxed on your health benefits from your employer. That should go over well…

  2. fthomascain - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    How about your Messiaha Obama and his drones killing civilians-and his allowing Iran to go nuclear on his watch- world safer with this weak incompetent fool-most don’t think so -fair is fair-demagogue

  3. Gossman - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    C’mon, Bush and Cheney did nothing wrong. Literally 75% of the country wanted to invace Iraq for it’s UN Security Counci’s transgressions, not just because of the suspected WMD’s. Get over it the conspiracy theories please.

  4. Gossman - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    David,
    I completely agree with your post. I also feel it was a shame how the public and the sport turned on the guy. He is one of the best, if not the best player to ever take the field.

  5. Kiwicricket - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Last time I checked, Iran is not the 52nd state of America. So the States are allowed 5000 odd nuclear war-heads but so other country is not allowed nuclear power? Stick to whittling sticks pal.

  6. tian - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    This is a weird time. Athletes shooting themselves in the foot yields them 2 years in prison. An athlete fights dogs and yields them 2 years in prison. Now an athlete lies to the grand jury and will more than likely convicted and will serve prison time.
    This is where we are.

  7. David - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Florida727,
    I’m sorry that you had trouble reading my post or grasping what Clemens is being indicted for. My post was about his perjury, not any drugs.
    And I’m not a Democrat.
    Gossman,
    Thank you for reading and agreeing with my statements. But, personally, I do agree with most people who would say that Clemens (and Bonds) were two of the absolute greatest players of all time – no question. But that is absolutely and entirely irrelevant to the charges of perjury. (Equality before the law and all that stuff.)

  8. Anthony J Ponticelli - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Congress should pay attention to the real problems in this country and stay out of baseball. If Roger Clemens wasn’t honest to them so what all he did was lie to a bunch of criminals that hide behind a Congress Pin. The politicians in this country are the true criminals here not sports figures. We elect them to make our country better not to make them get richer and have all the power they have to walk away from criminal acts. If the average person would be caught doing some of the things Congressmen have done in the past they would be in jail for a long time. It’s who you know. Roger Clemens is one of the greatest pitcher’s of all time and he should not be put in front of a firing squad made up of Criminal Congressmen. All they are out for are votes. I played professional baseball in the 70’s and if steriods were available to me I may have taken them to overcome the arm injury that ended my career. After all the pitcher’s in pro ball can’t throw at a batter and all the rules favor the hitter because home runs put butts in the seats and that equals money. Roger Clemens had a remarkable career and was an over powering pitcher before the steriod issue. If he took them it doesn’t bother me or a lot of fans of the game because all he did was try to level the playing field. Roger Clemens is a Hall of Famer and these jerk Congressmen are trying to keep this man out of Cooperstown, It’s just not right, I believe Roger Clemens shouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense. He is a class act and over the years never did anything that discredited his name. He was and is a wonderful man leave the guy alone. Congress should find something that we elected them to do and stay out of baseball…..They probably never sweat in their lives those wimp idiots. I don’t believe Roger Clemens should have to answer to anyone but our Lord Jesus Christ and he should have no problem with Him. The almighty is a fan of Roger Clemens as well or He wouldn’t have given him the gift He gave him. I say leave the guy alone and let him enjoy his retirement. He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame and these jerk Congressmen are only trying to put their name next to his. Their name isn’t worth the paper it’s written on but Roger’s name is worth a ton. God Bless Roger Clemens and screw the US Congressmen that are doing this to him. They should all just shut the hell up and earn their money by doing something that will better this country not destroy a good man’s life and super career.

  9. Ray2647 - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Florida727
    First of all, the topic at hand is Clemence not the president. Secondly, the only way you could be right to question the president’s birth place is if the rest of the Americans are stupid and dumb. Why don’t you guys come up and say what you really want to say which is, we are a bunch of prejudice hicks and do not like a black man as our president. Secondly, you guys keep on repeating the taxes are going up without mentioning it is correct if you make over $250K. Ninety percent of us do not make that kind of money, and I am glad to see all these corporations pay their fare share of taxes they have been giving as bonuses to their cronies. Furthermore, how about indicting Bush and Chaney for crimes against humanity? I just hope our next president’s name is something like Jose or Javier. I wish you hicks could see the things the way the ARE not the way they WERE.

  10. Ray2647 - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Where is my comment?

  11. Jerry in Jersey - Aug 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Why is it a crime to lie to congress, they’ve been lying to us for years.

  12. ARCADIAN - Aug 19, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Its just a game, these player should be takened out of The HOF.

  13. Steve C - Aug 19, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Give him time served for all the WASTED time he spent before Congress

  14. dprat - Aug 19, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Wow… that’s the most startling rewrite of history I’ve seen in awhile. Takes your breath away.

  15. Lans Downe - Aug 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Does that rewrite include erasing the many Democrats who stated on the record that Iraq had WMDs?

  16. bobauss - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    The truth will set you free…ooops too late !

  17. dprat - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Ask Gossman, it’s his (her?) fantasy.

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