Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens has spent over two years wondering if he would be indicted on charges for making false statements to Congress regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
His worst fears became a reality Thursday, as The New York Times, citing two sources, reports that the 48-year-old Clemens is expected to be indicted on perjury charges.
In February 2008, Clemens appeared before a Congressional committee, along with former trainer Brian McNamee, and swore under oath that he never took steroids, discussed HGH with McNamee, attended a party at Jose Canseco’s house in which steroids were the topic of conversation or ever told former New York Yankees and Houston Astros teammate Andy Pettitte that he had taken HGH.
The 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion admitted that he was only injected with B-12 and lidocaine on occasion.
However, he raised a red flag by contradicting Pettitte’s sworn testimony from Feb. 4, 2008 in which the Yankee left-hander proclaimed that Clemens had told him of how McNamee injected him (Clemens) with HGH.
The bipartisan House committee cited seven apparent inconsistencies in Clemens’ testimony and recommended that the Justice Department investigate whether he lied under oath about using performance-enhancing drugs.
His testimony that he “never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone” resulted in the case being handed over to the FBI, which led to a federal grand jury beginning to hear testimony approximately 18 months ago.
The back-and-forth saga between Clemens and McNamee has escalated since the two appeared before Congress, with a federal judge in Texas dismissing most of Clemens’ defamation claims against McNamee last year.
Earlier this month, a federal appeals court affirmed the decision.
On the other hand, McNamee has a pending defamation suit against Clemens in federal court in New York.
McNamee allegedly possesses incriminating evidence that proves Clemens’ performance-enhancing drug use, including a bloody gauze, vials and needles believed to contain his DNA. It’s been reported of how McNamee kept the old evidence in a FedEx box for over a decade and then handed it over once the investigation began.
Despite all the report, Clemens’ attorney, Rusty Hardin, stated that he’s unaware of a pending indictment against his client.
“We’ve heard nothing, so I can’t knowledgeably respond at all,” Hardin told The New York Times on Thursday.
Clemens, a product of Spring Woods High School and the University of Texas, retired as one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history in 2007 after 24 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees.
He currently ranks ninth on MLB’s all-time list in wins (354), seventh in career starts (707) and third in strikeouts (4,672).
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