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. Errr..

    Since when is saying "I'm innocent" a crime? You have a right not to tesify against yourself, and you are under no obligation to admit doing anything wrong when on the stand.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Because saying you are innocent when you aren't is a lie? If he didn't wish to lie, he should have invoked his 5th Amendment right and not answered at all.

      August 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stephen douglas

    For anyone making the point that Clemments lied to Congress and should be punished, the fact is that this issue should never have come up before Congress to begin with. Baseball's commissioners and directors should have spent their time and money on it. It is a total waste of taxpayer money. It is not a government issue. It should be dropped, especially when you consider the politicians who lie and weasel on a regular basis . Drop it an go discuss how to shore up our borders; figure out how to make healthcare affordable without socializing it; what to do about anchor babies; what to do with the illegal immigrants in the country; and how to fix the tax system – these are issues that need attention, not baseball!

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

    “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain...

    August 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Woody

    How can Congress indict Clemens for lying. That's like saying President Bush is SMART! HYPOCRISY at its best!!! Lies, lies, lies. The United Stated of Lies!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Uh, maybe because Congress didn't indict him? Do ya think that might be it?

      August 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike malley

    Grow up peoples. Illegal drugs are ILLEGAL--Then,So all you minor drug-users need to toughen up or join the troops overseas. But since most of you, just ,have have no REAL courage, bravery, etc., go coach a ballet lesson. Obey the law!!!! LOL

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

    Rather hear from UPSman.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stephen douglas

    Voice your opinion where it may make a difference at

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

      skip that and go here

      August 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stashu117

    Too bad, he was an honest man when he played for the Red Sox but became a sinner in pinstripes.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I don't know about honest...he sure pitched dirty back then. He would pelt batters like crazy. He still was awesome. It's a shame that someone with his talent throws away his legacy and now you don't know what was him, and what was the roids.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roberto

    The Rodger Clemens scandal touches on many levels and should go forward. Illegal drugs. Athletes cheating. Sending a message to our children that banned substances are harmful and will not be tolerated. Lying under oath. Clemens's hubris warrants the the perjury indictment. If not, we accept this all his deceitful behavior.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Josh

    Why didn't this committee investigate government instead of baseball?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wazzup muh ni88azzzzzzzzz

    is reggie jackson still playing for the yankees?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom, Long Beach, California

    amazing, with all the problems we have we are fixating with this....of course he used them as does the NFL, MLB, NHL, College sports, don't forget track and field and MMA & WWF....get over it as it has gone on since the sixties

    August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Such an apathetic view...

      Why don't we just let all the murderers and rapists go and quit wasting time on them too, I mean, heck, it's been going on since man first appeared on earth, way longer than sports roid use.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j

    Not a single bank executive goes to jail after issuing Trillions in bad bonds, but they'll go after a sports player for lying.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      and not a congressman gets ousted, or a president ousted for lying to Congress and the American people, lying, cheating or stealing.

      Amazing, isn't it?

      August 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nick L.A.

    I am a fan of MLB Baseball,. I am not a Clemens fan. The investigation into steroid use has always been smoke and mirrors and a detraction from the major issues that confront America. Clemens is the boy who cried wolf as the fairy tale goes ignore the child. MLB always turned a blind eye during the peak steroid years in order sell baseball and America now wants crush it's idols. Every MLB fan should stand up in outrage and yell "Thats Entertainment". Let Clemens go. Stop wasting our money! Who really cares!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Because when you don't care, things go down the drain, like pro sports did years ago.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    There is a lot of money in sports.. Millionares who take drugs or cheat... The American public has to speak up with their pocketbooks and stop supporting atheletes, musicians and actors who abuse the publics trust! I remember when it was a big deal when Mickey mantle maid a $100,000.. Now these guys make a $ 1000,000 a game! You know that this society is starting to decay when teachers, policeman, social workers, are being laid off from their jobs and Stars continue to make millions of $$$ The Fall of Rome.. again!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Yep, exactly why I gave up on "pro" sports years ago. When the whining from the players started including rants about not getting x number of millions of dollars a season, it was all over for me. Yet, even when I was into football, I didn't spend god awful amounts of money for team paraphernalia, tickets, "fantasy" leagues, etc.

      The players today make what they make because people in society are willing to pay the $$$. Sports figures are worshiped like gods.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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