MSNBC (Ted Robinson) speculates on congressional depositions upcoming in February for players like Chuck Knoblauch, Roger Clemens and the gang.
What’s the government’s preoccupation with Chuck Knoblauch? Why is Congress so bent on hearing from someone who not only last played in the majors five years ago, but also had disappeared from the baseball world?
It is clear that Congress has Roger Clemens in its sights. The esteemed George Mitchell, a former Senator, has been challenged over some of the findings included in his report to baseball commissioner Bud Selig on the steroids era in the sport. Congress is sticking up for one of its own.
(an)interesting theory is that the public testimony before Congress of Clemens, McNamee, Knoblauch, Pettitte, and Kirk Radomski has been held off until Feb. 13 in order to give Clemens time to alter his story. The Clemens camp denies that is the case. But one thing we know in Northern California is that the Feds have no sense of humor when it comes to anything less than truthfulness under oath. We were reminded of that when we watched Dana Stubblefield, a former 49ers hero, face jail time after pleading guilty to lying to a federal agent four years ago. And if Stubblefield's woes don't convince you that one has to come clean to the Feds, just go ask Barry Bonds or Marion Jones what they're feeling about the consequences if one is caught lying to the Feds.
Any advice about perjury when 'sworn in'?
When I think about Clemens’ eventual appearance before Congress, I keep going back to conversations with people close to Bonds before his BALCO grand jury appearance. All Bonds was repeatedly schooled about, according to one source, was “don’t commit perjury,” and look at the situation Bonds is in now.