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. DazedAndConfused

    I stand corrected about who is REALLY going after Roger Clemens. However, the decision of the Attorney General in pursuing this indictment is, well, surprising what with others who have misled our Congressional leaders on much more serious topics. See an excerpt from a Feb 10th, 2009 story.

    A report released last July by the Justice Department's inspector general indicated that Gonzales may have lied to Congress about politicization at the department. And there have also been credible suggestions, including from Senate Judiciary chair Pat Leahy, that Gonzales perjured himself during his testimony on the US Attorneys firings scandal. A special prosecutor, Nora Dannehy, has been appointed to look into whether crimes were committed in connection with the firings, and the issue of Gonzales' possible perjury appears to be at the center of her probe. But as yet, Gonzales hasn't been charged (though he's certainly not in the clear).

    August 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Buzz Lightyear

    Just keep in mind that the election is coming up and remember that your vote truly does not count for anything. It is just a silly exercise so you keep paying money to washington. So GET OUT AND VOTE

    August 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe


    August 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steven

    Let us have our legends – leave him alone

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

      A lying druggy as a legend? What a warped world you live in.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |


    August 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Why is the government even involved in this?

    Ha ha Roger.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Because there is huge money in the sports industry. Probably an owner of an opposing team slipped some $$$ to a buddy in congress to get clemens nailed, or maybe promised some campaign contributions or votes or something. Lots of $$$ in sports. When you have a congress that is so elitist and so power hungry and greedy, those with lots of money get access and special favors.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TPF

    This is our government at it's best. It is an embarrassment to the entire world. With our economy down the toilet and this is the kind of crap they are focused on. What will this cost us taxpayers. The biggest bunch of people that should be indicted for lying and stealing from the American taxpayers are in the Congress. Most of them should be in prison for what they have done and are currently doing to us.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      and Rangel is still hanging around. He should be in jail.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thunder1road

    Please hold off the investigation of Clemens use of steroids until George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove have been tried for war crimes and robbing the US Treasury.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Lol, make sure you include Clinton (both of them), Kerry, Pelosi and the rest of the morons in the group in that deal too, afterall, it was Clinton and his cronies that started the whole Saddam and WMD hoopla.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bcrunner

    President Clinton lied about an afair.. President Bush lied and took us to war at the cost of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars... Hmmm.... Spend more dolllars to prosecute this guy... The truth is I don't want him to get away with violating laws, but maybe we should just move on. On the other hand, I hear people saying "do your job Congress and fix the real problems...." and, I ask how? Even if Democrats do recommend something, the Republicans are goiing to say NO!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      and if the Republicans recommend something, the Democraps are going to say NO, so what's the difference?

      August 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack -Long Island

      Groovygruber ƒucks barnyard animals

      August 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    Such a colossal waste of time and money!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yeoman Johnson

    Perjury is very, very hard to prove unless there is a smoking gun.

    There is a good chance that Clemens did it, like most of the high producing players pf that period, and if he makes it to the Hall at all, there will be a big asterisk. We can either forget about baseball from 1994-2004 or accept it. If McGwire and Sosa hadn't roided up and produced that magical summer, baseball might well be dead. When power hitters weren't juicing, they were often hurt and had slow periods of recovery (see Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey, Jr.). Oh well. I like baseball, but this does not keep me up at night.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      "Yeoman Johnson" give it a break ƒuckhead.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. El Turkito

    Amazing, the authorities are indicting a White athlete, what next, maybe even a conviction, nah, wishfull thinking on my part.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Clemen[cy]

      Nice! That will get some people spun up. Throw in some Obama hating or Palin hating and let's really get going!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzx Lightyear

      Obama and Palin? Did they play baseball?

      August 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I'm a drunken ho-bag

    I met Roger in some sports bar I can't remember because I'm an alcoholic and I was really drunk that night. But as soon as I learned who he was, I let him bang me in the bathroom and luckily got pregnant. Does anyone have the name of a good attorney, so I can get my celebrity welfare cheese?

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

      Will you strip naked right now?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm a drunken ho-bag


      August 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      then you ain't no ƒuckin' ho-bag

      August 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm a drunken ho-bag

      Ok I did it. I'm naked – what next?

      August 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      finger yourself

      August 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm a drunken ho-bag

      it is startin to feel real good

      August 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      are you on yahoo messenger? you gotta cam?

      i'm fingering myself too now.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm a drunken ho-bag

      not on this computer, hold on, let me see if my son is off his computer...he's got a cam attached to it...brb

      OMG, you sick ƒuck, get off this computer right now and finish massaging your father's feet, and stop posting messages on here!

      August 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      Oh no my mother is on here now!

      August 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. E

    TPF, the biggest embarrassment is uneducated people like you. The Department of Justice has NOTHING TO DO WITH FORMULATING THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. The time it spends prosecuting federal crimes does not detract from ANYTHING Congress does or doesn't do to make laws.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      I also like to ƒuck barnyard animals.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      and I am also very dumb – these posts take me along time looking up the werds

      August 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric Clanton

    So if you lie to a bunch of liars, it is against the law?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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