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Roger Clemens acquitted on all charges

Jun 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

Roger Clemens

All those tax dollars and all those weeks of a trial equaled Roger Clemens being acquitted on all charges this afternoon.

And of course absolutely no one should be surprised.

Clemens was charged with six counts of perjury for denying to Congress in 2008 that he took steroids. His trial involved nearly two months of testimony from more than 40 witnesses, including Clemens’ wife and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, and the overall case stretched over two years.

What a colossal waste of time, money, and energy.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Our long national nightmare is over. Now those congress critters can get back to what they do best: raising bribes, and taking vacation.

    • steelersfan1983 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      So Roger Clemens’ two-month trial and five-year investigation that cost the federal government $10,548,772 and Barry Bonds’ estimated $55 million+ investigation and trial were worth it. So glad we go after the really evil criminals….. WOW

    • Michael - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      I now declare the nation’s infatuation with steroids and steroid “scandals” over.

  2. madhatternalice - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Well, not a total waste. Craig got some good ink out of it.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Wow, Craig timed his vacation perfectly to avoid this one last time.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    OJ has company now in a very exclusive club. Tyson just couldn’t get in.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Are you really comparing a double homicide with thumbing your nose at a grandstanding House committee?

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        No. I am comparing big time wealthy athletes would beat criminal charges when it seemed obvious that they were guilty.

      • bigharold - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Then perhaps you should have stuck to a Barry Bonds analogy.

        And, absent a failed test and with the Governments key witness being a complete sleazebag maybe they shouldn’t have bothered?

      • Detroit Michael - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        If it were obvious that Clemens was guilty, then why did a group of twelve disinterested people hearing two months’ worth of testimony unanimously decide that Roger Clemens was not guilty? As long as our society engages in this colassal waste of time, money and energy, we might as well accept the verdict.

        As best as our society can determine, it is not clear beyond a reasonable doubt that Roger Clemens committed the crimes with which he was charged. If you want to spout your own opinion about it, you’re just being stubborn and ignorant about the matter.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Grandstanding? Clemens demanded to be heard in front of Congress after the Mitchell Report so he could lie to thir faces. Congress has been all about grandstanding in the past, but if it was anyone this time it was this dickwad.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        I’m well aware that Clemens demanded the hearing. Perhaps I didn’t make the distinction clear, but I was referring to this committee’s history of grandstanding on this issue, even if they weren’t actually doing it in Clemens case. And for what it’s worth, they didn’t have to have the hearing even if Clemens did want it.

      • bozosforall - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Look at all of the Boston crybabies bitter that Roger made them look like idiots again. Stick to bashing those who actually tested positive…like David Ortiz. Now there is a liar if I ever saw one, still denying using PEDs, evn though the test didn’t lie.

    • bloodysock - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      A spot has already been reserved for Sandusky.

  5. bloodysock - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I guess the jury misremembered the prosecutions testimony.

    • mightymike1250 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Or Clemens was telling the truth.

      • bloodysock - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Like when he said he he didn’t intentionally throw the broken bat at Piazza?

      • madhatternalice - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM


        Oh, that was a good one, @mightymike1250! Thanks for that laugh this afternoon!

      • bbil2012 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        If only a grand jury comprised of the umpires from the bat ( Roger claims it was a ball) throwing game ruled on this “case.”
        Roger Clemens? Not guilty.
        All of this nonsense would have been avoided.

      • bozosforall - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        Look at all of the Boston crybabies bitter that Roger made them look like idiots again. Stick to bashing those who actually tested positive…like David Ortiz. Now there is a liar if I ever saw one, still denying using PEDs, evn though the test didn’t lie.

  6. mightymike1250 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Which opens up the possibility that Clemens was telling the truth all along and McNamee is exactly what everybody said he was. Of course, this is America where you’re guilty until proven innocent.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      It’s also possible that Clemens lied and the Government failed to prove it. Big difference.

      And falling back on the cheap shot “guilty until proven innocent” is both cynical and ignorant.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        Damn, I hope for you’re sake you never get arrested or accused of anything. I guess its safe to say you won’t ask for a trial? Hell not even a defense lawyer, sounds like you might have histrionic mental disorder?

  7. cur68 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I hope this is the last we see of this. What a waste.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Well, until he turns up as a commentator on ESPN, anyway…..

  8. okwhitefalcon - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Whew, what a relief. So happy this national nightmare is over.

    Now they can focus more time and money on the real criminals like Lance Armstrong.

  9. tomtravis76 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    So, where does this leave Roger and the Hall? The writers wont let this go, their minds are made up no matter what a court says.

    Just was watching Roger at his press conference…where is ESPN after ther entire network crucified him, guess that ratings winner Around the Horn tops Roger because he is not guilty.

    • hackerjay - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      I’m guessing that for at least a few people that wouldn’t have voted for him will now use this as an excuse to be able to vote for him.

    • bigharold - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      “So, where does this leave Roger and the Hall? ”

      I guess the same place as Bonds. There will be a significant number of writers that didn’t need a trial, .. he was dirty as far as they were concerned. While this trial didn’t prove Clemens guilty it didn’t make anybody think he was innocent either. Many will feel that either it was Clemens’ money or the Government’s weak case, with McNamee as it’s rotten foundation, which was the deciding factor. Regardless, he never failed a test and the only “evidence” they had was shaky at best and the result of a character whose reputation was worthless. One could argue that nether side got a fair verdict. Sure the Government’s case was weak. But, Clemens, assuming he is in fact innocent, has had his reputation ruined because it generally impossible to prove a negative.

      Without a steroid accusation Clemens was a bona fide can’t miss first round HOFer. I’d wager that he’ll likely get in one day but certainly NOT on the first round. That is where Clemens finds himself now. Is that fair? Only Clemens knows for sure and the rest of us are speculating.

  10. drewsylvania - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Good verdict–it underscores how our government is f**king us over more than a conviction would have.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Acquitted? Noooooooo. Wow…didn’t see this one coming huh?
    What a joke of a federal prosecution and subsequent tax dollars. Now let’s move on.

  12. downrightnasty - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Just a question, but how could our congress every have the gall to accuse anyone of lying? I think this verdict echoes the sentiment of the majority of Americans regarding our congress.

    • sparky1002 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Congress is just a reflection of the voters who give them political power….you don`t like Congress….blame the millions of voters who elect them.

  13. ejannetta - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Clemens NOT guilty…..not surprised here. Although I am not a big fan or Roger….he is going to the Hall and he deserves it….whether you like him or not.

  14. chicagosworth - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Finally over

  15. spudatx - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I hope voters don’t have as short of memories as the jury did.

  16. ThatGuy - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I wonder if Lester Munson will be able to spin this into a win for the government like he did Bonds verdict.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      And here I was just wondering the same thing. I can’t figure out if we’ll see nothing, an article indicating that this was a travesty of justice, or an article calling this a huge triumph for the government from Lester. I’d be stunned if we saw something calling this a victory for Clemens.

  17. vanmorrissey - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    High priced well schooled defense attorney’s vs. civil service lawyers? Sorry, but I’d lay odds on the defense attorneys every time and probably come out ahead 75 % of the time. Hardin went in knowing Government’s case would not stand up to a jury trial so I’d say the $5 million he got was a good bet on his part.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      I wouldn’t, considering the feds’ 96% conviction rate on cases they get an indictment for. Yeah, most defendants don’t have legal teams like the one Clemens hired, but most US prosecutors aren’t chumps.

  18. blacc24 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I guess Bonds is innocent too !?

  19. granted42 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I guess lying to a bunch of self-absorbed narcissistic politicians who wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them in the tongue isn’t really lying.

    Sorry, I realize the phrase “self-absorbed narcissistic politicians” is profoundly redundant.

  20. chill1184 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Two things

    1. Clemens is still a huge douchebag regardless

    2. Sports and politics shouldnt mix

    • bozosforall - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Not near as big a douchebag as Curt Schilling, whom the hypocritical Boston fans blow at every turn.

      • chill1184 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        Anyone who praises a juicer is a hypocrite as far as Im concerned. A cheater is a cheater is a cheater.

      • bozosforall - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Prove Clemens juiced. You can’t.

  21. dschminck - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    The troubling issue is Brian McNamee’s motive, since he could have just remained silent on the matter when asked by Mitchel about his relationship to Clemens and his use of performance enhancing drugs. Was Brian facing any charges that the government would drop in exchange for his testimony against Clemens? What exactly was McNamee’s “motive” to testify against Clemens, given that Roger would, and did, deny his allegations? What exactly did McNamee have to gain, and why did he go to the trouble of “preserving” the needles all these years?

    Does anyone have credible answers to these questions? Did the questions even come up at the trial?

    • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      I’m pretty sure McNamee had steroid distribution charges against him dropped in return for cooperating with Mitchell. Because the government always gets dealers to turn on their clients. Oh, wait, they never do that. It’s the other way around. This whole situation is pretty seriously fucked up.

  22. buffalomafia - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Bonds,Clemons & Mcguire HOF!

    • pepefreeus - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Clarence and Al? I’d go for that.

  23. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Not surprised that Clemens was found innocent as he should have been. As for the HOF voters out there? Who cares? I mean really? You already watered down the HOF with the tony perez’s and kirby pucketts that are aready there. Its become the hall of the very good thanks to the voters who dont have enough brains to get out of the rain, nevermind vote on the HOF

  24. eddiecrash1976 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Gee whiz! It’s about damn time! What a waste of money and resources! Now it’s time to put every member of Congress on trial for lying to all their constituents with all their empty promises just so they can get elected and sit on their f#!@ing asses! This has to be one of the most inept Congress’s in US history! What freakin waste of oxygen. Hey congressman Waxman, go do something constructive and wax your ass with the NOT guilty verdict. OH and I never was a Roger Clemens fan but I’m glad he fought this through to the end, regardless if he used steroids or not. Why should he admit to something that there was no evidence for, especially when there was a ton of players that got away with it! If you failed the drug test then you’re busted, you got caught, you slipped plain and simple!

  25. Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I’m stealing this comment in its entirety from Ray over at BBTF, because it’s full of the most win I’ve seen from anything short of the Oatmeal’s response to Charles Carreon’s SLAPP shakedown:

    “At the end of the day, this boiled down to the simple fact that ALL of the evidence against Clemens was hopelessly tied to Brian McNamee, and no sane prosecutor could honestly like his chances of securing a conviction BARD using McNamee as his main witness.

    This verdict doesn’t mean Clemens didn’t use steroids/HGH, of course, nor does it mean that McNamee was lying about the central claim. But from Day 1 Clemens maintained his innocence. He released a statement maintaining his innocence, and was called to say it in his own words. He released a youtube video doing that, and was called to say it to a reporter. He said it to Mike Wallace, and it was demanded (such as from Mike Lupica) that Clemens say it to a group of reporters and that he sue Brian McNamee. He said it to a group of reporters and filed suit against Brian McNamee, and it was demanded that he testify under oath in front of Congress. (Quoting from a Lupica column: “Don’t tell us. Tell Congress.”) Clemens told Congress under oath, knowing that he was walking into a perjury trap, and yet that still wasn’t good enough for people who, it turned out, were no good themselves. Clemens was then indicted and refused — completely refused — to plead out or strike any sort of a deal with prosecutors.

    Clemens did everything that his critics — themselves unreasonable, dishonest, and dishonorable — demanded that he do, all along the way. When these same people moved the goalposts on him time and time again, he kicked it through the new goalpost, time and time again. He put his liberty at stake and prevailed despite the government setting a perjury trap for him and then spending tens of millions of dollars in a crazed vendetta to bring him to trial. He did all of this, and prevailed.

    One might think this would earn Clemens the slightest benefit of the doubt in the eyes of his critics, but when your critics are unreasonable, dishonest, and dishonorable people, the reality is that that will not happen.

    Clemens has done some dishonorable things in his life. He admitted that he stepped out on his wife, for example, after a vendetta-fied investigation by the Daily News turned up Mindy McCready and other mistresses. But on this issue, Clemens has more honor than all of the Mike Lupicas and John Heymans put together.”

    • tomtravis76 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      He deserves to be first ballot. He went this far, willing to put it all on the line. The peanut gallery all say, you can see when he started doing steroids. Well Roger said he didnt, risked going to jail for the truth and he was aquitted. He deserves apologies from the writers, he desrves to be in the HOF for being one of the greates of all time. I would like to read what some of his biggest critics have to say, they owe him that aswell as the fans.

      I think Cal Ripken was one of the best, but why doesnt anyone question how he could have that games streak without something extra to keep him going?

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