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. Jo

    He is such a lying little WUSS!!!!

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

    Clemens is a low life who deserves everything he gets !!!! No Hall of Fame and be sure to put an asterisk next to his name in the reocrd books for juicing !!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. american citizen

    Here is a solution....... Why not have category for steroid users and another category for all natural players? Then no one has to be dishonest. Then when a batter goes against a steroid pitcher he can just take it for what it is.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JussaThought

    So I assume all of you who think this isn't worth taxpayer money agree that the case against Barry Bonds should be dropped.

    Bottom line ... Clemens lied and got caught. If he hadn't lied, the taxpayers wouldn't be out of any money!! C'mon people ... I know there's a lot of hatred for the feds right now, but Clemens is the problem, not Congress.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JW

    This is soooo ridiculas!! This is what our tax money and congress is being used for??? There are much larger things to worry about. Maybe TWO WARS, a HOUSING CRISIS, STUGGLING ECONOMY ECT ECT ECT!! WOW.
    No wonder we're in the position were in....

    August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tennessean

    This is SHOCKING! Not. But seriously now. Isn't this like the pot calling the kettle black. I'd like to see all of Congress charged and convicted for lying.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      i am totally shocked!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave in Chicago

    Congress is great at going after the low hanging fruit. I'm sure if they tried hard enough, they could get Charlie Sheen on something. How about Lindsey Lohan? Why bother with all the lying that took place between 2000 and 2008. Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney are all a joke and got away with everything. Clinton lied...what happened to him.
    I would like someone to track all the millions of uncirculated US currency we found in Bagdad 8 years ago. How exactly did pallets of brand new 100 dollar bills get to Iraq anyway. I think everyone forgot about that little tidbit.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • clean your own phukin house, homeboy!

      you live in the most corrupt city on earth

      August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Chicago

      nice come back dude. Bust on my city...fine with me.

      Oh yes, Pat Fitzgerald is doing a spendid job cleaning up Chicago. NOT
      He botched Blago's trial. Nice work Pat. Now he wants to spend millions of taxpayers money on a retrial. I say you had your chance and you failed to convict a person who did not even present a defense. Blago did not testify or call one witness, and Pat still could not get a conviction. The one measly count was from 5 years ago when Rod was questioned by the FBI and was not allowed councel, or a court reporter to record his testimony. Basically it was the FBI's word of the conversation that was admitted as evidence, against Rod's memory of a 5 year old conversation. The Chicago Democratic machine may never be broken.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    We should all pray to the baby jesus for his salvation.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • wazzup muh ni88azzzzzzzzz

      roast him on a spit and serve with rice pilaf and tzatziki sauce

      August 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rapier52

    Rick Sanchez will sum this all up for us!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. skaboss

    Glad to hear if they can just get Barry Bonds too.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. oldironeagle

    Its incredible how much bull is printed here, As long you have these high salaries, owners and fans demand that as a player you perform above and beyond your means. We have created this monster and now we sit here and condemn it.
    talk about hypocrisy.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      this is no bull – this is tainted chicken

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

      Oh yes, this is absolutely the fault of john q. public....NOT! Maybe if he is a libtard that wants others to do the thinking for him, then maybe, but I doubt it.

      It was his choice (assuming he did).

      August 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RyantheNome

    What a useless article. No report on what his penalty could be? Not front page newsworthy, yet.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve0Reno

    With his record, he must be innocent and let go.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fedexman

    First of all I thought we were all innocent until proven guilty.. But who am I kidding... Second Besides Nolan Ryan and Jerry Rice I do not know of a professional Athlete that worked harder in the off season than Roger. That is why he lasted 24 seasons with only one minor injury a pulled stomach muscle. Unlike Barry Roid Bonds who was getting hurt more and more towards his lying career. Also did you notice how big and muscle bound Roger got ... oh wait! He didn’t, that’s right, with all of his off season workouts he gained a whopping 16 pounds over 20 years .....Maybe just maybe there are those few athletes that are just built different, ask Nolan Ryan, Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan, and Clemens. Let’s check Ricky Henderson no-one could be that fast for that long.. Now this Brian McNamee got caught giving the wrong people roids and rather go to jail , he offers up a couple names , heck let’s see jail or pull some names out that I know over the years, hmmm Yeah I dropping names like a three foot putt. So all you people that think that Roger took the roids then PROVE it. That’s right you can't. Nobody can. AS for congress if you were an average person accusing someone without proof YOU would either be arrest or sued. NOW get back to work and do something good for our country, or perhaps we should sue you for falsely taking pride from our American past time. I say Term limits to all government officials and fire the ones we have.

    Fedexman Delivering the real package!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeet

      Looks like Roger will get the opportunity to be proven guilty.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Um, doofus, do you not understand who indicted him and who is prosecuting him? Do you not understand that no verdict of guilty has been handed down? Why? Because he hasn't gone to court yet! Stupid people.

      Oh, delivering the real package? Maybe a real package, but too bad you keep delivering it to the wrong house..

      Go UPS!

      August 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rita

    I thought that everyone lied to Congress. Some people don't even show up. Some lawyers advice against it. How is that possible? Didn't Oliver North lie to Congress and walk away without a scar.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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