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.


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. jmoore

    Congress is going to investigate someone for lying? That's funny!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Seriously, irony at work!

      August 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      They should look to their own to clear up the "lie" problem. Work on something that makes a diff. to the entire country, jobs and healthy business first would be nice. How much is this costing, this investigation into if or not he lied? If or not his psnl. trainer lied. Who cares when we have such larger issues on the front burner, like feeding families, helping folks keep their homes?

      August 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      Who is this guy? Did he play baseball in China or somewhere? Did he not pay congress their bribes? What is the deal here?

      August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It does seem like the pinnacle of hypocrisy, doesn't it? Too bad Clemens can't make your point direct to Congress. Can you imagine it on live TV? Clemens: "Senator, you've got some set of balls accusing ME of lying."

      August 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SME

      Congress = Subject Matter Experts

      August 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • rsam

      Yea, because everyone in Congress investigating Clemens is a crook. Better yet, we should just let everyone get off scott-free when they commit a crime. Let's go even further! - Open the jail cells and let them all free!

      August 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean willis

      So what???? They very worst that he will be punished with is a tongue lashing. Dont forget...he is a sports hero/celebrity which means NO JAILTIME/ Besides, most of the people commenting are correct about one thing; congress has plenty of its own liars to deal with. NO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO!!!!!! These people lost their lives in the name of Allah, now they must be further kicked in the face by having a place to worship Allah placed at the scene of their deaths? Muslim insensitivity. period

      August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This is so stupid – lets get something serious done in Washington DC. Also the article stinks, is he getting jail time? Is he in big trouble, slap on th wrist? These details would be nice to knows in the article.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Why is congress involved in sports? Why on earth can't they get out of our way so we can get this economy back on track?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey wonder he had such a "stellar" carreer.
      I think they need to remove any records he may have set from the books the lousey, lying, drug using, cheater.
      Throw his arrogant behind in jail for lying under oath.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Definitely the pot calling the kettle "black."

      August 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BunkyJ

      Obstructing Congress sounds like the best idea I've heard all year !!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Too many dummies...1. because the government focuses on one thing does not mean it is not doing anything else (Jeff, I don't think this investigation is affecting the government's response to the economy 2. perjury is a CRIME. If you do not indict and convict for Crimes what is the point of having any laws?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • junior

      Chris, I would rather congress go after people who committed crimes that affect my life, not after someone who took drugs to enhance his performance like most other athletes have done at one time or another.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      OK Junior! For now on laws shall only be enforced if they affect Junior

      August 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Congress investigating someone for lying now that's an oxymoron!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plasso

      This is one of those cases congress should have forgotten. There are others who lied to congress. There are many who did drugs. So, it files charges on one player. Congress and everyone else need to put the drug era behind us and use it to in trying to make sports as clean as possible.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I wish they would polygraph Clemens and McNamee side by side on national TV...along w McGwire and Canseco. I DO care about the way these guys shamed and embarrassed the legacy of baseball. It's OK if you don't.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      The level of ignorance in these posts of basic government functions is astounding. Clemens made statements to Congress YEARS ago. The Department of Justice (The judiciary NOT Congress) has determined that these statements were false, so Federal Prosecutors have issued indictments. the Assistant US Attorneys who will work on the case have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with creating jobs, appropriating government spending, or any other issues that Congress is responsible for. Seriously folks, open up a fifth grade textbook.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      I was thinking the exact same thing...the POTS calling the kettles BLACK! What a joke.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Bob–the article says he was indicted. Obviously you don't know what that means, so you might want to buy a dictionary before complaining of the lack of details that aren't available.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremiah

      It is funny, but it's something that congress has to do. If they don't, then that gives everyone the idea that they can lie to them under oath and get away with it, even if discovered.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMcilwain

      Seriously, maybe he should question them for us.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |

      It it funny...very funny. How is this even important? LET MLB handle this! Just goes to show you what a waste our politicians are. I say, if your local senator or congressman is involved in this....Don't vote for them...they are an obvious waste of space

      August 20, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alison

    This is so stupid...who cares...lets use our time more wisely!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      Right, let's send a message to all school (and college) kids that's is okay to take steroids and lie as long as you can get away with it. You must be a proud parent.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kw67

      Texan, sure you can. You can teach your kids to take steroids and lie about it. Then you can teach them to go into politics.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Texan, Alison's point, and the point of almost everyone else here, is that this isn't something we should be wasting our tax dollars on – it's a game! Let Major League Baseball sort it out and let Congress deal with real issues. Surely you get this and are just trolling, right?

      August 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Why is it when a news story does not interest someone their inclined to assume no one has interest in it? This is story does interest baseball fans, and while it may not be a top priority for Congress to deal with, they still have to bring it to a conclusion, lest they be accused of failing to do their job. Police depts don't stop arresting petty thieves simply cuz there's a new serial killer or the murder rate has gone up... they still have to do their job as it applies to the law, especially Congress.


      August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Texan, How you train your kids in no business of mine. Neither is how I train my kids any concern of yours. How congress spends my tax money is my concern. Its a game. He was overpaid to play a GAME. He cheated. Sure it sucks, but will we gain anything from holding hearings and spending millions more of our tax dollars? I think not.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam


      I think the point she is trying to make is that why is the US gov't spending money to deal with a steroid problem in sports? Shouldn't WADA or the MLB itself be spending their own money to deal with this and not taxpayers? Then again you are from Texas, the only place where high school football players are revered as gods (sounds silly hearing it from an outsider doesn't it?). And also, what business is it of congress? It's not! Therefore the indictment is a load of crap. I'm sorry but your gov't has much more important things to be discussing, like how to get jobs for your people. Thank god i live in Canada, as I love reading US news and seeing just how badly you guys are screwing up. Bottom line: it's baseball (the most boring sport on earth beside soccer), not a subject for gov't to be wasting money on.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Yes, lets focus on preventing mosques from being built!

      August 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • rsam

      True, we would be helping society tremendously by not caring when someone lies to a Congressional panel inquiry. In fact, let's just stop personal accountability entirely and let loose the leaders of Enron, Worldcomm, Tyco Intl, Bernie Madoff, etc and put them in senior leadership positions again. Liars don't harm anyone, do they?

      August 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So there should not be any consequences for lying to Congress? Forget the moral aspect, anyone who thinks this is an idiot.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    About time, cheating is cheating but lying to the government was just foolish.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • urkidnme

      unless you are part of the government. then lying is part of the job description

      August 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BQsauce

      Gov can lie to us, but it's illegal if we lie to them.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger's Penis

      How is it cheating? He took the steroids when they werent banned in MLB. There were no rules to taking and not taking steroids. Him lying to congress is stupid I'll give you that. WIllie Mays and all those guys back in the 60's thru 80's were all hopped up on cocaine and other substances but no one bitc*s about that.

      It is all the fans fault any way. They want to see 500 foot homeruns and players hit 70 homeruns in a season and pitchers throw 100 mph. The only way someone can do that is by taking steroids. Why do you think we havent had a 60+ homerun hitter since Bonds? Why do you think there are so many no hitters this year?

      Steroids help you hit the ball further and throw the ball harder, they dont help you make contact with the ball or help you hit the outside corner with your change up. The hardest thing in sports to do is to hit a baseball. Period.

      If Willie Mays and Babe Ruth played in this day and age, they would be juicing up with all the other baseball players, it is part of the game now if you want to be the best.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Why? Bill Clinton did it and remained president. Why are they bothering Clemens 2 years later?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeet

      For "RP": Perhaps you should read the Mitchell report. Steroids have been banned / illegal in baseball for decades, including all of Roger's career:

      "There is a widespread misconception that the use of steroids and other performance enhancing substances, such as human growth hormone, was not prohibited in Major League Baseball before the inclusion of the joint drug program in the 2002 Basic Agreement. In fact, as early as 1991 baseball’s drug policy expressly prohibited the use of “all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual … does not have a prescription.” Even before then, however, the use of any prescription drug without a valid prescription was prohibited in baseball, and even earlier under federal law. In 1971, baseball’s drug policy required compliance with federal, state, and local drug laws and directed baseball’s athletic trainers that anabolic steroids should only be provided to players under a physician’s guidance."

      August 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    This is about as surprising as brett farve coming out of retirement again

    August 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alan

    Better living through chemistry!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen Seller

    I wish the Federal government and Congress would get serious about something IMPORTANT!!!!! – like the illegals, the economy, jobs, health care and education. Who gives a flip if some idot wants to ruin his health with drugs.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      Great message to kids. Always liie if you can get away with it. Moron!

      August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Responsible

      Congress more or less has to pursue any instance of false testimony that ever comes up. It is called deterrence. Pretty much half the point of a justice system is to deter crime. If you allow people to commit crime, especially high profile crime, you only encourage more people to obstruct justice.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sports fan

      You are soo correct. Thats the main reason they should go ahead and LEGALIZE certain popular drugs and regulate them the same way alcohol is regulated. This would create jobs. This would force pharmaceutical companies to actual produce products that cure and heal... not simply patch and create new problems. This would force educators to actually promote THOROUGH education to our children that would help them realize that the stigmatization of drugs being "a cool thing to do" would finally be rested. And lastly, this would thwart illegals from running to the US. (afterall, why would they need to if their economies are beginning to flourish with all the drugs purchased illegal are now legal.)
      And the biggest benefit... the tax revenue would almost instantly create tax cuts and breaks for individuals and businesses alike.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotATexan(thankGod)

      So, Texan - teaching your kids to call other people names when they don't think exactly the way you do - that's a better lesson? Moron.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Congress didn't indict him. Federal prosecutors did. Also, the hearings where he possibly perjured took place 2 years ago.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen douglas

      For those making the point that Clemments lied to Congress and should be punished, the fact is that this should never have come up before Congress to begin with. A total waste of taxpayer money. It is not a government issue. It should be dropped, especially when you consider the politicians who lie and weasel on a regular basis . Drop it an go discuss how to shore up our borders; figure out how to make healthcare affordable without socializing it; what to do about anchor babies; what to do with the illegal immigrants in the country; and how to fix the tax system – these are issues that need attention, not baseball!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mikey

    Clements is being indited for lying, not using steroids. His personal reputation was more important than telling the truth. He's not alone in this but hopefully future testimony will be truthful. Anyone not acknowleging he was on steroids is living in a fantasy world.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • theresa

      Is there any real evidence that he used drugs? isn't this a hesaid/hesaid issue. mcnamee got a deal for cooperating with the justice dept, who is really lying?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Should congress and all of our officials be working to fix our economy? No they want to put Roger on trial for what someone who was given protection from prosecution said. Believe me when someone gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar they are more than willing to point a finger at someone else so they can get the blame away from them. Oh and he lied to congress those SOB lie to us every time they open their mouths. It’s going to be he said she said if it goes to trial. Put me on the jury and I will let him walk free.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      You'd probably do the same with Bernie Madoff.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ann

    Rob Blagovich lied to the feds and I doubt he's getting time. Why should congress care about a baseplayer when they should be worried about the economy, illegal aliens, unemployment. What a waste of taxpayer money. Find a way to create jobs.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bigdil

    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Close second to Bobby Knight as the biggest jerk in sports.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBfan

      Don't blame Roger. The 'roids made him the jerk he is today, and the HGH made his head the size of a pumpkin.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BH

      Knight may be a jerk, but he is not dishonest. Comparing these two is way off base.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deborah

    So Alison and jmoore, you're saying we should let crimes go unpunished, because other crimes are greater? That's a slippery slope and I for one am glad that he is being held accountable for his actions. Lying under oath is serious. How would you feel if you were arrested and put in jail because someone lied under oath? An oath to speak the truth, no matter the issue, should still be held inviolate.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. american citizen

    Serious hypocrisy at work here. However, I guess because he did it in front of congress under oath and not in front
    of the American public. Promises, promises......

    August 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. james

    Baseball is all about chemistry and physics. He mastered (or doctored) both of that.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nicole

    You've got to be kidding. Just leave him alone and stop slandering baseball and it's players. All sports have cheaters, just watch it more carefully from here on out.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Looryking

    The "den of liars and thieves" are going to indict Clemens?! Leave him alone and go after the real criminals – their own colleagues!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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