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. Spartacus

    I cannot believe what I am reading here. While I agree that the U.S. has way more important tings to do, Like finding out why Obama and Clinton have now sent 5.7 Billion Dollars to Pakistan 750 Million of which we know went to ther flood effort and 6.25 Billion that Noone can explain where it went and in all likliehood is now in the hands of the TALIBAN...but....this one should have been done 2 years ago.

    You have to do this! Roger Clemens Demeaned every single living American citizen when he boldly looked straight into your congressional leader's eyes, AND LIED THROUGH HIS TEETH.

    EVERY SINGLE RECORD HE AND BARRY BONDS HOLD IS TAINTED WITH GARBAGE.

    PETE ROSE HAS NOT BEEN ALLOWED INTO BASEBALLS HALL OF FAME BECAUSE HE LIED TO IT'S COMMISIONER...HE DID NOTHING ELSE BUT LIE, BUT CLEMENS & BONDS WERE ON STEROIDS...EVERY ONE OF THEIR RECORDS HAS NO VALIDITY AND BY WHAT THEY DID THEY CHANGED THE RESULTS OF ACTUAL GAMES...THOUSANDS OF THEM...THE VERY INTEGRITY OF BASEBALL IS GONE AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS BECAUSE OF IT. THIS HAS TO BE DONE IF ONLY FOR AMERICA TO PARTIALLY RECOVER SOME OF IT'S HONOR, HONESTY, AND DIGNITY, AND FOR THE RIGHTS OF EVERY ONE OF IT'S CITIZENS. THIS SITUATION FAR OUTREACHES THE REALM OF BASEBALL AND FALLS SQUARLY IN THE LAP OF WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY YOU WANT AMERICA TO BE, ONE OF MEANINGFUL STAURE IN THE WORLD, OR ONE OF SHAME AND CORRUPTION IN IT'S EYES.

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

    Interesting comments – In general I get the feeling that many people don't want our government to waste time and money on this.. – Sounds right to me..
    I also see alot of other people wanting Roger Clemens to be responsibile for determining what is right and wrong and setting an example for their kids.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GMAN7111

    Hey Rog...Let's hear you call Brian McNamee a liar now!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Xan Garcia

    Doesn't congress have more important things to do than worry about baseball? Can't the MLB handle their business? Congress really needs to get their priorities straight. Stop wasting our time and money on this.

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

    congress should be indicted...this neoRAT clown car is the most corrupt administration in US history...like nazis.

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

      You obviously know nothing about the Nazi's.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Fuсk the south.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. metronil

    This is the clown car you deserve for electing democRATS to power...you vote like peasants you deserve to be treated like peasants.

    enjoy your cake...fools.

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

      This started when Bush was still in office. Nice try though.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Fuсk the South..

      August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ugh

    @Texan – We don't have to spend money on something that parents should be teaching anyway. Don't be such a GD drama queen!!

    August 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    I lied once in grade school. I didn't get to go to Washington. That is unfair.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wazzup muh ni88azzzzzzzzz

      you should have put out for the gay gym teacher when he asked you to stay behind in the locker room after gym class.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rwdragon86

    How very ironic that he is indicted to lying to the congress that lies to America every day. He supposedly took sterioids, yet congress extorts money from us in the form of taxes.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A E Kayser

    Everyone needs to understand one thing: This is an opportunity for everyone on the committee to make an insipid statement about ethical conduct and to appear on TV knowing these hearings will be viewed by knuckleheads who would never otherwise tune in. Meanwhile they will speak out about Clemens then have their hand out when the pork barrel comes rolling their way. Tax money be damned, we need to clean up New Orleans, er I mean baseball. Dudes, it's a sport. It's entertainment. We all know he lied, but let the Congressmen/women who never lied throw the first stone. Please.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smarter than you

    A few things here. 1. Congress isn't indicting him, federal prosecutors are. It is their job to prosecute federal crimes, all federal crimes. Their job is not to fix the economy, find illegal aliens, or stop mosques from being built. 3. He is not being prosecuted for illegal drug use, he is being prosecuted for perjury. An entirely separate crime. 2. The man voluntarily testified before congress under oath and lied under oath. This is not only a federal crime but also seriously idiotic and narcissistic. 3. The argument that we should not do things in this country because we have "bigger problems" scares me. I hope we can do more than one thing at a time.

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

      Just exactly what is smarter than you? a snail? an earthworm? Just exactly how stupid are you?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigdil

      Spot on Smarter! I was wondering when anyone would pick up on your point #1. I always have to laugh when people want to complain about a Congress which panders to the precise issues which our electorate of idiots demand pandering. Roger Clemens perjured himself. Why would anyone think he should get away with it because there are "more important issues?" Let's quit prosecuting speeding violations altogether because there are "more important issues." Sheesh!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jevon

      finally. someone with sense just presemting the facts.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dougiesdigs

    Ahh, worldly matters and the people involved. It's only going to get worse, and then those that are saved are going to be with God. God gave us his book (bible) to learn from and provide a way to deal with the evils of this world. Unless you turn from sin, how can you comment on it. We must all look to our own house first. The bible says that "at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, in the Heavens, on the earth, and under the earth." and we will all give account of our life to him. Everyone lives in eternity, where you go is a choice you need to make while you're still here, the default choice is Hell. Jesus said, " I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, except by me." God is so loving and merciful to those who turn to him.

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

    Sounds to me like the Justice Department just decided they need a new pitching coach at Merion.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JohnRJ08

    A great pitcher with the mentality of teenager.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cory Martin

    Why does Congress bother, they have so many other things to worry about but yet they choose to go after someone from sports? Who cares, does it affect the public, why not do your jobs and fix the country and stop worrying about one person.

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