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. phillip Marlowe

    Well congress can do one thing, spot liars, something they all know well.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    Lying to Congress is a crime!? In that case, I guess congressmen and congresswomen must have some sort of diplomatic immunity.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Davey Jones

    Look at his pic. Is that the mouth of a man who is hiding something?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guilty

    Death Penalty

    August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cathy Gurney

    I hope he has to go to jail, I am a Blue Jay fan and used to be a Clemens fan, but all he is is a cheater, nice role model for your boys Rog

    August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James V.

    If only these chuckleheads would go after crooked politicians like they go after these far less troubling 'roided-out professional athletes. It's really nauseating.

    Ah yes, our government in action (and this is both parties too)... the only causes they can rally around are causes that don't mean a g-damn thing. F A I L

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


      August 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Briscoe Darling

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Our "government" cannot even carry a tune..... If a "man" wants to trade a perfectly good pair of testicles for a shot at stardom who is Congress to stand in his way? Do they really love testicles that much? On the other hand, perhaps they do?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    With all the problems in this country I don't understand why Congress continues to waste time and more importantly, our hard earned money, on prosecuting idiots for taking illegal drugs. This is for local authorities to deal with, not congress! This case will end up being thrown out in 3 years because congress can't prove its case beyond a resonable doubt. People who think this will teach kids not to lie, or take drugs are dillusional. It will do no such thing, mostly because kids don't read the news and parents don't discuss it with them. If you don't want kids to do drugs, talk to them as a parent and educate them to the dangers of puting steroids in their bodies. This is just another perfect example of how our government has gone wrong over the past few decades.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rapier52

    About time they caught up to this fat, arrogant pig. No mention of the all-time homerun leader though. Suppose there be a ransacking of Frisco.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry

    Who gives a crap!I made a ton of cash betting on him and don't care if he was stoned or not.At least he got out of the fifth inning!How many of these million dollar pitchers can do that?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BQsauce

    What a waste of time and money. They shouldn't have been investigating steroid use in baseball in the first place, this is just ridiculous. Pass some laws, get rid of some others, fix social security, end some wars, stop over spending, stop taxing me so much. I don't care if Roger Clemens uses steroids, it doesn't affect my bottom line or my life at all.

    Do something worthwhile for the majority of this country and stop wasting our tax dollars!

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

      Actually it does affect your bottom line in a round about way .His gameplay went thru the roof ,which brought in more people to the stands,which made the team more popular so the owners upped ticket prices .Then they need new stadium cause they are so good so city they are in fronts half the construction costs ,and where do you think the city gets the funds,that's right, from the tax payers.So yea in a round about way his and all the others actions do affect our bottom line.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rapier52

      Must be a slow newsday.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buzz Lightyear

    Who is the guy? Did he play football or something? Did he not pay his bribes to congress? What is up?

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

      Seriously, he could make this disappear with a large enough campaign contribution to either party.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    what? no race card anywhere? shocking.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BuzzMann

    They are gonna have to add a room on at Cooperstown for all the records broke by drug users.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. corkpuller

    Problems congress should address that jeopardize the well being of AMERICA, illegal immigration, economic collapse, and Roger Clemens. Fools and Idiots running this country. Baseball should be handling this not the Congress.

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