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. They have no business!

    I never understood why congress or anyone believes they have the right to ask about or control what you put in your body. If I want to use something, as long as it does not hurt anyone else, then the government should butt out! By the same token, I should not be able to sue anyone for having put a chemical in my body that yielded a bad result. I should just have the facts and make my own decisions.

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

      Unfortunately, the "as long as it does not hurt anyone else" part is the problem. Too many idiots out there doing illegal drugs and end up causing problems for people around them, or hurting or even killing them.

      I agree though that it should be our decision. If we hurt someone in the process then we pay for our crimes, as it should be.

      Our government believes it has the right to regulate a lot of things in our lives because the liberals want them to and allow them to.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. They have no business!

    The public wants larger than life "heros" to worship. How the heck do you think they get that large? Congress is a collection of people out to BE important regardless of how unimportant they are.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dean

    Good to hear this. Clemens is a liar and a cheat just like many others in baseball like Bonds, Sosa, the list goes on....... I hope he gets thrown in prison for his actions. No one is above the law! He would not have been half as good as he was if he played by the rules and not taken steroids. Strike three, you are out Clemens!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kayaker247

    it never pays to lie, unless you're a high paid executive, athlete or employed by the federal government.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thhhhhhhhhh

    Because lying baseball players are more important than the other issues of the time

    August 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ayman

    He should be stripped of EVERY award, trophy, bonuses he had obtained since he started to DRUG UP.
    He is a coward, unethical, and a BIG LIAR. How is he going to explaine that to his Kids when they grow up?

    He is FOOL, and fools like him MUST pay the consequences.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bullhornman

    His last 4 years with Boston he was 40-39 and I would guess he started doing steroids in Sept of his final Boston year. His final start he threw 20 strike outs setting him up for a lucrative deal. Notice that nobody is going to hit more than 45 Home runs this year? Whether this is a waste of time, is not known. We have seen baseball get back to average stats so everyone knows steroids were a problem and we don't need congress to tell us what we already know.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • beer breath

      if you're not being paid big money for memorizing those worthless baseball stats about people you'll never meet, then you need to pull the trigger and end your life right now.

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

      Wise words spoken from "beer breath"

      August 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • beer breath

      thank you. i'm ready to have you rim my @nus now.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack -Long Island

    Aren't we all happy that congress is protecting us from those lying baseball players, the kicker is that all these clowns that accused him of lying all had their picture taken with him after the hearings......glad to see that Congress is focused on all the really important stuff..................

    August 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Buzz Lightyear's Horse

    Does anyone know who is in charge of this situation with congress and this baseball player? Does the supreme court get involved?

    August 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WHY?


    August 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      real genius you are ƒuckhead

      August 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      g and c are not even close on the keyboard

      August 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirty paki

      yakobi. hindu (filthy), is that you?

      i am truly sorry for your lots

      August 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dominick speziale


    August 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve6167

    He is a dirt bag but seriously don't we have more pressing topics like the economy and our troops overseas to deal with?

    August 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Buzz Lightyear's Mother

    stop all this

    August 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buzz Lightyear's Mother

    stop this now!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      massage my prostate and i'll think about it

      August 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. a s s crumbs

    first post

    August 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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