Numerous comments followed the Roger Clemens indictment accusing him of perjury in a congressional hearing. Some hit the mark, some miss.
One illogical column in the Detroit Free-Press reasoned Congressmen are liars, and therefore should indict themselves rather than Clemens.
Congressmen of all party affiliations can blatantly lie to their constituents and often the only crime committed is their re-election. But if you lie to them, your address could change to Leavenworth.
Ah ... the sweet elixir that is hypocrisy.
There's no defending Roger Clemens if he indeed lied under oath to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during his nationally televised testimony in January 2008.
If he's that stupid, voluntarily putting himself in this mess, he deserves all the humiliation he gets. I suppose he's employing the George Costanza Principle -- "It's not a lie if you believe it's the truth."
But Congress' relentless pursuit -- a six-count indictment against Clemens for obstructing justice and perjury -- nonetheless comes across as arrogant for a legislative body that has a hard enough time holding itself accountable.
Sigh. The principle here is that under oath, a witness shall not lie in a congressional hearing. How does pursuing truth amount to egotistical? Does the writer not understand that the justice system is based on veracity under oath. It continues:
These political hacks can't understand that Clemens' and Bonds' career legacies and personal reputations already are shot regardless of what Congress says or does. Nobody really cares if Clemens and Bonds spends a second in federal prison, because the court of public opinion already has tried and convicted them, sentencing them to a life of open scorn and ridicule.
OK dude, the world is not all a sports driven event. Because Barry Bonds will not make the Hall of Fame, justice is not served under oath.
The message is that when sworn in a court or a hearing that the truth needs to come out -- or simply shut up. Clemens was not compelled to testify; He could have declined the opportunity.
Journalists speculate why Clemens might have distorted the truth (which we don't really know that he did). The Rocket is NOT delusional. Clemens knows reality; he does not think green men are bugging his cell phone.
However like other powerful men, acclimated to power and adulation, the narcissism comes out. This is a man who didn't attend spring training, who flew in his own plane to games. He didn't play by team rules, and thus why should he play by the usual rules common non-VIPs observe? (who would pose with his wife for skimpy photo shoots without a huge measure of narcissism?)
Bonds too, suffered from the VIP-adulation-power narcissism where he demanded public attention and worship. Rules are for mortals, not gods like Clemens and Bonds. Same reason that John Edwards, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, George Bush etc etc. Power, Visibility, Sex...
Imagine if John Edwards were President today...
Cheating be it like Tiger Woods or John Edwards infidelity sense, or with PEDs in the Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens sense is understandable when you look at the aggressiveness of these men.
The cheating may lead to certain consequences, however the cover-up really torpedo these guys.
Should Clemens be indicted? IDK, however one could predict that Congress will protect the matter of truthfulness under oath.