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Federal courthouse security guards investigated for accepting Roger Clemens autographs

Aug 16, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. are in trouble after allegedly accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens before his perjury trial last month.

According to the Washington Post the U.S. Marshals Service “is investigating why and how six signed balls were sent to a guard by someone on Clemens’ defense team” and “that guard apparently passed the balls along to four or five other officers.”

Security guards are prohibited from accepting gifts of any kind and “could face a range of disciplines that includes dismissal.”

The newspaper quotes a source as saying that the baseballs “may have been a ‘thank you’ gift from Clemens’ defense team” for the security guards helping to “shepherd Clemens past a battalion of reporters and photographers as he left the courthouse.”

  1. bozosforall - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Meanwhile, the Jim Bunning signed baseballs passed around Congress continue to be overlooked.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Hell, how about all the Roger Clemens signatures and photo ops with Congress members right before they deposed him? But yeah, I’m sure Congressional ethics are so much stronger than security guards…

  2. Glenn - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    I heard the the balls were a distraction for Clemens so he was able to sneak in a cake with a hacksaw blade in it.

  3. trbowman - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:04 PM


  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Oh my! Clemens conspired to obstruct justice through bribery.

  5. florida727 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    This might be pretty serious folks. I mean, think about it, those security guards, whose sole function is to get a person safely from their vehicle to the courtroom without them being attacked by the media, could have been influenced (positively) by the receipt of a signed baseball. I bet if that were Barry Bonds or A-Rod, those guards would have refused to do their job, absent a memorabilia piece. Yep. No question in my mind that the only reason Clemens is safe today is because those security guards got an autographed baseball.

  6. jimbo1949 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Not only did we waste millions attempting to prosecute a baseball player for a victimless crime, now we want to persecute some lower level public servants for having been sent a token of appreciation. How about sending the Capitol PD to the Congress and Senate and have them confiscate all the tokens those jokers have accepted over the years.

  7. mogogo1 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    This will make it much harder for Lance Armstrong to give out autographed bicycles at his trial.

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