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.

READ THE INDICTMENT

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. fishfry001

    Congress is an efn joke.... If these people could actually do something important and effective for the country for the outrageous salaries and benefits they are collecting it would be amazing. Who gives a crap about what Clemens did or didn't do? How about enforcing immigration law and supporting AZ S.B. 1070 (and S.B. 1183 for that matter), supporting E-Verify nationwide for all businesses both public and private? How about not putting out a bogus "The Gulf is OK" report that was blown away by the facts revealed by an NOAA study? Need I go on and on? Congress is a joke, no matter who is in the majority there.

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

      Not hard to figure out why congress is a joke when its elected by hordes of poeple as clueless as this guy. Hey buddy, why don't you put on your tea bag and go to your Sarah Palin or Ron Paul rally and leave the business of governing to people who can think beyond catchy slogans.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Josh

    How about we start indicting every politician that ever lies while in office or better yet while they are campaigning for office?? There wouldn't be any left, but at least it would create more jobs by having to open more prisons to put all these people in for lying! Hey pot, this is the kettle.......

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

      Provide the evidence and build a case. If you can find all these Congressmen and women out their telling lies under oath then provide the evidence and lets the ball rolling on some indictments... Oh wait, the vast majority of you are just jumping on the buss with a complete lack of actual proof. Bandwagons sure are fun to ride are they not?

      Now that being said. I am perfectly willing to admit that a significant number of politicians do engage in scandalous activities. Be it to profit themselves or those that contribute most to their office. This is unfortunately part of the modern political landscape. And this also applies to politicians the world round.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert B. Kurzweil

    A grand jury target is not indicted until the grand jury deliberates and votes a true bill. Occasionally, they vote a no bill. The most that can be said is that they are about the deliberate. Alternatively, the Clemens grand jury may have already voted a true bill but no handed it up to a federal judge. In that case, a federal prosecutor announcing that to the press is likely violating the secrecy of the grand jury, not to mention Justice Department guidelines. If I were Roger Clemens, none of this would give me comfort but I am more than a little surprised at the news article and suspect misconduct.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gary D

    I guess if Roger Clemens goes to prison he will finally knows what it feels like to be the "catcher"

    August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sports fan

      lol

      August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. israel

    congress is so ridiculous, here's an idea, maybe they should look inward instead of outward

    August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Texan

    So if someone acquired the PIN to your debit card and cleaned you out, you're okay with cheating?

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

      you reason just like lars ulrich

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

      Seriously. It's like comparing a murderer to someone who steals a candy bar. Hey, guess what? It's actually not the same. You, however, don't sound like a sensible person with the capability to know the difference. Sorry for you.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ROBERT

    I agree with Karen,David, and others, lets get down to running this country instead of arresting Roger who never used anything.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thomas

    How about finding where the millions of stimulus money went. Find Bin Laden. Find out why we have so many new laws every year. Find out why Congress does not vote for term limits for themselves. There are so many more important things to find out besides why a baseball player lies to Congress.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BQsauce

      They don't vote for term limits for themselves, but they do vote for raises for themselves. I wish I could vote to give myself a raise and wouldn't get laughed at.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sports fan

    Next up to bat, that lying Barry Bonds.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Just a diversionary move by congress – hey lets pick on a athlete who has ruined his post season dreams and not focus on all the lying and corruption in d.c. before the elections. what a bunch of hypocrites and losers!!! a concerned veteran

    August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. aryaba`

    He better not get a worse punishment than Bill Clinton received when he committed perjury.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    So, this is what congress thinks it should be working on ?
    Wasn't there something about a 14 trillion dollar debt ?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      The hearing took place 2 years ago. Also, Congress doesn't indict people. But hey, it's fun to spout about stuff we don't anything know about.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mad Russian

    Honestly, I'm not surprised by this indictment considering the checkered past of Roger Clemens. The intriguing aspect is the fact that Mark McGuire has yet to see any form of legal action against him. Just as many of the comments mention, why is the federal government wasting their time, effort, and most of all taxpayer dollars on one of the smallest concerns of the country. Here's the way it's going to work out; a long drawn out trial resulting in either a plea of not guilty verdict but ultimately the finality of the situation is that he will have little chance of being voted into the hall of fame. In the end, cheating (using steroids) will lead to nothing for the person. Remember, it takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, it takes one moment to destroy it.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sdub

    who cares, if you use enhancing drugs to do your job better and make more money?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phillip Marlowe

    Leave the man alone, already.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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