August 19th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Roger Clemens indicted

[Updated at 5:49 p.m.] Roger Clemens has released the following via Twitter:

"I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court."

[Posted at 2:23 p.m.] Major league pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted for obstruction of Congress and other charges Thursday related to statements he made to a congressional committee in 2008.

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The charges stem from a 2008 appearance by Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In their sworn testimony, the two contradicted each other, with Clemens denying that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

McNamee's testimony, as well as a report by former Sen. George Mitchell, stated that Clemens had in fact used banned substances at points in his career.

Clemens has not pitched since 2007. He had a stellar career playing for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and New York Yankees. He was the first pitcher to win seven Cy Young awards. Clemens posted a record of 354-184 over 24 seasons.

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soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. dbee

    WHERE WAS ALL THE SYMPATHY FOR BARRY BONDS. AREN'T THEY BOTH INDICTED FOR THE SAME THING?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stan

    Can we just forget about boring baseball

    August 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike Pence

    Were charges brought against the tobacco CEOs who lied to congress?

    August 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Raymond

    This is the ultimate witch hunt. He took the steroids when they were not banned in MLB. There were no rules to taking and not taking steroids. Frank Mitchell should go back to retirement. His only impact on history will be negative. Go convict Blago or somebody else that committed a real crime.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Raymond

    Did Brian McNamee receive any special treatment or government protection after he said Clemens did this, did that, did bad things ???? I believe the answer to that question is YES

    August 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NM122WG

    Leave him alone, he's finished anyway.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reaper

    Goodness gracious.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkcjAtzzcI&w=640&h=360]

    August 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bad Move

    This is absolute hypocrisy. The Oil company executives testified before congress and they lied – nobody got indicted. The Tobbacco company executives testified before Congress and lied – nobody was indicted. For those who think this is just a Justice Department driven issue – you need to see the TV interviews of the Chairman of the Committee Edolphus Towns gloating over this. Of course, he is also running for his Congressional Seat (15th Term). Can anyone spell TERM LIMITS. The Justice Department needs to step back and either enforce the laws impartially or fold their tent and get out of town on the next train.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grizz

    congress is a joke and so is the steroid issue in pro baseball. i just can't understand why roger is taking the heat when there have been so many players juicing up preceding him – and countless more to come. yeah he's an idiot for blatantly lying to congress but let's be real. skip all the crap, collect roger's cash, and move on to a more serious issue. folks can say all they want about roger, steroids, or purgery but the main issue is the amount of resources our gov't is throwing away while they grind this all out.
    i guess i shouldn't be THAT surprised. i mean, when was the last time congress did anything beside pi$$ our tax dollars away? HA

    August 20, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nick L.A.

    Why did they need Clemens testimony to declare a steroid abuse epidemic. What a joke? These "idols" were damned if they did or didn't admit abuse. MLB put players in the position to compete by enhancing performance with steroids. It was all in the name of "entertainment". To prosecute only the top stars is not equal justice but it may satisfy the blood thirsty masses that watch TMZ. People keep your eye out on real injustice and criminal activity. To persecute somebody for white lies is just ridiculous.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike Flynn

    What a waste of time and money. This country is turning into one big Joke after another. People will rat out their own mothers too avoid spending one day in Jail. Nobody has integrity, its a rat invested world. I bet you they offered Clemens a free pass if he admitted his guilt And if he Rats out his buddies. Roger Clemens too me is a stand up Guy, guilty or not.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. victor

    Seems ironic the biggest liars on the planet CONGRESS accusing someone of lying to them
    Lying daily to the American Public is OK for CONGRESS
    Lie and steal as a Congressman and you just are just asked to leave with great retirement
    and lifetime healthcare

    August 20, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. EDWIN RANJBAR

    Why is our national government involved in a private sports? I mean if he did use illegal steroids, can't the local state judicial system handle this? Geez this is getting outta proportion, and how long has this been going on for now? a decade?? well guess someone is going to be made an example of...

    August 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. whatsupdoc

    This guy has lied all his life. I remember him when we were in middle school together in Vandalia, Ohio–a town he never mentions but he did live in for some time. He was chubby and stoned every day. Bet he would deny this as well.
    In the end, we all get what we deserve.

    August 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roger Clemens

    All of your Posts were pretty passionate. Thanks for your hard work Knowledgeble information. Loved your Blog. Keep up the good work. You hit it out of the Ballpark.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
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