In a House of Representatives chamber in 2008, Roger Clemens assured the gathered congressmen that he never took steroids. US federal attorneys are accusing Clemens of not representing the truth in his testimony. (from the AP)
Roger Clemens was vehement: "Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or HGH," he told a House committee in 2008. Now, instead of the Hall of Fame, baseball's seven-time Cy Young winner could go to prison after being indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying to Congress.
The case writes a new chapter in one of baseball's worst scandals, the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs in the 1990s and early 2000s, and leaves Clemens' legacy in jeopardy.
The six-count indictment alleges that Clemens obstructed a congressional inquiry with 15 different statements made under oath, including denials that he had ever used steroids or human growth hormone.
Virginia Congressman Tom Davis relates this about the Rocket:
"Clemens was not under subpoena. He came voluntarily," Davis said. "And I sat there in the office with (committee chairman) Henry Waxman and said, 'Whatever you do, don't lie.'"
Clemens was sticking to his story Thursday. He insisted he was telling the truth, again denying any wrongdoing on or off the field.
Through his lawyer, the veteran Rusty Hardin, Clemens claims he neither lied, nor took HGH or steroids. Clemens turned down a plea bargain.
Clemen's ex-trainer Brian McNamee reports he administered PEDs to the Rocket. One would think that the Government has ascertained other witnesses or other evidence to Clemens' PED use.
Baseball's Mitchell Report mentioned Clemens a few times -- like 82.