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.

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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. June Bug

    Texan, you're so brilliant with you well thought responses. Not!
    What an idiot you are.

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

      Does this guy golf? Did he come from New Jersey? What is the crime here? Did obama do it?

      August 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Spies Like Us

    Not to worry Mr. Clemens. Our prosecutors and legal system is incompetant and corruptable. They could not get Blago and they had it all on tape recorder.

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

    Buzz, this guy was one of the most dominant pitchers of the past 20 years.

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

      He won too much? Is that the problem? I can't find my pipe.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • your pipe

      it's over by your slippers and bath robe

      August 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sports phag

      i like dominant men

      August 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yep

    i cant even believe this. our taxes are wasted so we can see if people who play a game for a living are taking drugs, and then we retry them to find out if they lied. WHAT!!!?? where are our priorities!!?, they play a game for a living!!, -feed some starving kids with this money, give it to education, give the people a tax rebate!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr. Short

    so he lied. so what. congress lies all the time. wouldnt you lie to congress? geez. this situation is totally ridiculous. they have too many important things to take care of and none of it gets done because of crap like this.

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

      He lied! That is unforgivable. He should be treated the same as Bush who lied to us.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. metronil

    Democrats...you'd have to be a complete idiot to ever vote for one.

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

      your ignorance shines like a burning bush

      August 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      Are you still buying into that voting scam stuff. Man – get some education.

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

      Same goes for Republicans. If you think either party is better than the other then you're kidding yourself

      August 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BQsauce

      Will speaks the truth.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kazz

    so much for overpaid sports heroes being a positive influence on our youth ...

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

      exactly. Why don't parents take the time to raise their kids properly and teach them how to be good people. If you are relying on the sports teams of America to raise your children then you are obviously a bad parent in the first place. TEXAN.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Unit34AHunt

    Great. We can't prosecute Tom DeLay for fricking obvious quid-pro-quo corruption but we're going to go after a baseball player. Is our Justice Department led by a complete idiot or what?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jpol

    Roger has been humbled and brought to his knees months ago, that's punishment enough for anyone in that position. Leave the man alone – I agree. As for Congress – they need to work on health care – not this!!!!!!!! Tell me none of them have never lied.....yeah right...........

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mracana69

    Roger's 'EGO' got him into trouble not the steriods... I hope he enjoys his jail time at ClubFed!

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

    Just when I thought Congress couldn't get any lower.....this.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dragoon70056

    I have to agree with those saying that there are more pressing issues facing the country that Congress should be focused on. Yes, Clemons lied to Congress, but Congress shouldn't be wasting our time and money worrying about what goes on in sports.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Who cares?

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BillyD1953

    So if a baseball player lies to Congress about steroids he gets indicted, but if a President lies to Congress about WMDs he gets a fat pension and Secret Service protection for life. How FUBAR is that!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stephen douglas

    This whole baseball investigation has been a major league waste of taxpayer money. Neither baseball nor any other sport is going to impact border security, health care, illegal aliens, the war on terror, social security or a mountain of other topics. It is simply a way for congress to look as if they are doing something in order to avoid the hard issues. A shell game is all it is. Get over it. If Clements used steroids, let baseball's commissioners and directors use their dollars to prove it and take action against the guy instead of stealing from the public.

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