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The Rocket Indicted for Perjury

Someone lied to Congress during the 2008 hearings on steroid use in baseball -- it was either Roger Clemens or his former trainer and friend Brian McNamee. Clemens has said before -- and repeated Thursday -- that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee, however, claims that he injected Clemens (and Clemens's wife) with such drugs. The six-count indictment against Clemens, which was announced yesterday, makes it clear who the government thinks was lying -- and even a cursory look at the public record shows why.

As part of George Mitchell's investigation into steroid use in baseball, McNamee testified that three players used performance-enhancing drugs: Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Roger Clemens. Pettitte and Knoblauch both contritely admitted their use of the drugs; only Clemens denied it.

McNamee gave investigators syringes that were found to contain steroids and Clemens's DNA. In this "he said, he said" battle over drug use, McNamee has significant corroboration, while Clemens has none. It is, however, remotely possible that McNamee, reportedly a "long-time friend" of the Rocket, instead holds such a deep hatred for the guy that he's trying to destroy his reputation and chances of getting into the Hall of Fame by lying about Clemens's steroid use.

So let's look at a different source of evidence about Roger Clemens and steroids: his career. I have to confess, as a long-time Yankee fan, I hate Clemens. Yes, I know he eventually became a Yankee and won a lot of big games for us, but for years, in all his young glory days -- through all those games that made George Steinbrenner crave him -- Clemens was a Red Sox who consistently beat the Yankees. Eventually Clemens got "old" -- 33 -- and the Red Sox let him go. Silly Red Sox.

Clemens would go on to play another 11 seasons, seemingly improving as he got older. Two of his best seasons, in which he won over 80% of his games, occurred when he was 38 and 41. Unlike most pitchers who pitch into their 40s, Clemens wasn't a knuckleballer or other soft-throwing-but-tricky pitcher; he remained the Rocket, throwing 95-plus-mph fastballs. How on earth could his body do that unassisted?

I became convinced Clemens was using steroids when he inexplicably charged Mike Piazza and threw a bat at him -- pure "roid rage." I've never seen a ballplayer lose his cool like that.

Clemens theoretically faces 30 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines mean he would serve more like 15 to 21 months if convicted. And, possibly more painful to Clemens, he would fail to get into the Hall of Fame. Given that Clemens is one of the greatest pitchers ever (just as Barry Bonds is one of the great hitters), it'll be unfortunate if he doesn't make it in. But if Mark McGuire's failure is prologue, and Clemens did use steroids, he won't be in Cooperstown.

When Clemens testified, many attorneys wondered why his legal advisors let him say what he said? My guess is they had no choice. I doubt Clemens would have listened to advice to remain silent. He seems too determined to publicly assert his innocence.

And in the Business of Law

The attorney layoffs continue: Townsend and Townsend and Crew laid off 34 people, including nine attorneys. Meanwhile, some deferred associates are enjoying their firm-subsidized public interest work so much they are reexamining their futures, reports the New York Times. Frankly, those attorneys will be lucky if they have the option to choose in this economy.

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greggebb

God Bless you Mr. Clemens for the strides you made and your perserverance to be the best. Too bad the losers in Congress can't be dedicated to our country the same way you were to baseball and the children who looked up to you. Novemeber 2nd lets correct the error and get the losers out of Congress destroying this country. If Roger Clemens is convicted so should that loser Bill Clinton. If half of Congress had the intestinal fortitude to suceed the way Roger Clemens did, this country would not be in the shame and embarrasement it is today. If anyone has any comments, I will be happy to provide my email and phone number..I am tired of government nonsense.

August 28 2010 at 5:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
greggebb

Let me begin with some facts crucial facts. Pro sports and even college take some terrible raps. I want you to review the facts: 36 have been accusted of spouse abuse. 7 have been arrested for fraud. 19 have been arrested for writing bad checks. 117 have been directly or indirectly accusted of bankrupting at least 2 businesses. 3 have time for assault. 71 can not get a credit card due to bad credit. 14 have been arrested for drug related charges.. 8 have been accusted of shoplifting. 21 are currently defendents in lawsuits. 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year. Is this pro sports? The NBA?, NFL? MLB? NHL? Major universities? Who is trying a 7 time Cy Young award winner and a great athlete? 13 years with the Red Sox? 2 years with the Blue Jays? Has won the triple crown? over 300 wins, 400 srikeouts, and is a tops amongst Nolan Ryan, randy Johnson and Steve Carlton. The above charges are for the 535 members of Congress who have nothing better to do than try a talented pitcher. Love him or hate him. he was great for baseball and this country. Who in Congress can you say is great? That made an impact? No one. I am a former Division 1A collegiate athlete writing this in defense of Mr. Clemens, whom I have never met, I would love to shake his hand. Anyone who writes nonsense that has never played sports, nor experienced the trials of competition nor the presure of competetive athletics. I am proud to say I played in bowl games and graduated with a degree in Structural Engineering and Education with a 4.0 gpa, plus giving my tuition back to the university to provide a scholarship for another student/athlete. Who is Congress to judge this athlete? Bill Clinton lied to the Grand Jury. I feel blessed this day at 52 years old and 5 years of major college football that I can still run 4 miles a day. I made my alma mater millions of dollars that I never saw. To any former athlete in America, I get up wondering where did that hit come from, what game and what part of the country? before my feet even hit the floor..Leave Mr. Clemens alone, after the facts..Go after the US Congress. They are the joke.

August 28 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hello

look at www.lewrockwell.com/anderson/anderson296.htlm for a report of the facts not this hearsay and he's guilty because some government offical says so. Nuff said.

August 25 2010 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hello

sorry folks that was-www.lewrockwell.com/anderson/anderson296.html

August 25 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stelci

This is the way the U.S. is anymore. Lying, cheating, stealing; politics and sports involve big money which leads to corruption. Clemens thinks he is invincible, just like Rangel, Waters, Pelosi, Reid, Blago, and Obama.

August 22 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aliciaeanderson

lets just say he is found guilty he'll still have a much higher approvial rating then the ones that found him guilty. nancy p., charlie r., and the rest of cnngress

August 21 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
urbach3

'So let's look at a different source of evidence about Roger Clemens and steroids: his career. I have to confess, as a long-time Yankee fan, I hate Clemens...' Clemens was a Red Sox before he joined the Yankees. 'Hate' Why? 'Hate'?

August 21 2010 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
croone22

Looking quilty is not enough to convict Clemens. It's a He said ,the other guy said case. Where's the proof that a crime was committed. Charlie Rangel lied up a storm and committed provable crimes. Where's his indictment? Most of Congress should be indicted for gross incompetence,misappropriation of funds,and other malfeasance in office. I think Congress has more serious issues to deal with than indicting Clemens for taking growth harmons.

August 20 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
thomasva6

yea and when clemens threw the broken bat at piazza as piazza was running to 1st, clemens told anyone that would believe him that he thought the broken bat was the ball. like a politician, he thinks everyone is stupid.....

August 20 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply