Roger Clemens, 48, former Major League Baseball pitcher was indicted by a grand jury in Washington, DC on six counts of lying under oath and obstruction of Congress. It has been more than two years in the making and is a direct result of Clemens’ 2008 performance in front of Congress.
He strutted into Washington, DC, arm and arm with the architect of his strategy, his “good old boy” attorney, Rusty Hardin. Clemens boldly offered to testify to Congress, without having been issued a subpoena. With cameras trailing him through the halls of Congress he met individually with some members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Then he testified under oath that he never used performance enhancing drugs, including being injected with Human Growth Hormone.
That performance followed one on CBS’ Sixty Minutes during which Clemens did what we have seen others do in his position. He told a network news person that he was as clean as a whistle and was shocked….shocked, I tell you that his dear friend and former trainer would tell such lies. It’s one thing to lie to Sixty Minutes; it’s another to think you can get away with it under oath.
Shipping receipt found in HGH supplier’s home fingers Clemens
The offer to Congress and the road show was a way to counter the media storm produced by the publication of MLB’s “Mitchell Report”, that documented the use of steroids and other performance enhancers in baseball. Clemens was one of those named in the report, based on the tales of his former trainer, Brian McNamee.
McNamee said that he injected Clemens with HGH and even kept medical waste, including a used syringe to prove that it had come into contact with the pitcher’s DNA. He stood in and took every shot given to him by some committee members who clearly thought he was trying to defame Clemens who, in their eyes was a national treasure and believable.
McNamee provides bloody gauze and used syringe to investigators
Others, however, gave Clemens a good old fashioned grilling and it was then he uttered the words that will be the center piece of an indictment. He apparently came off as so unbelievable, that the committee chair suggested that a federal probe be commenced to look into whether he had perjured himself. It was hard not to believe McNamee since he told tales about other clients as well. One of them, pitcher Andy Pettite, confirmed McNamee’s statements about him personally.
McNamee called to testify in Clemens’ grand jury probe
Brian McNamee was under investigation by federal prosecutors for procuring and distributing steroids. In exchange for leniency in what they promised would be a tidy sum of years in prison, he went on the record about Clemens, other clients and his supplier.
Rusty Hardin didn’t stop there however. Athletes who refute claims against them are judged by whether they are willing to sue the snitch. Thus, a defamation suit was filed against McNamee, which has twice been gutted by the presiding judge. Hardin used to tool around town, telling the world that his client would never be indicted. I’d say Clemens got some crumby advice, just my opinion of course.
Judge tells Clemens, for the second time that he has no case against McNamee