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. Robert

    The bottomline is CONGRESS should not be doing this. It isnt your deal guys. If you really have no time to read the bills, how is there time to do this, congratulate teams on winning championships, declaring national gay ducks in San Fransico day whatever. Get to work. Didn't Charlie Rangle ask you to stop messing around and try him?????? At least that makes sense and is your job .. this simply isnt. Get out of it.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      "They" aren't in it doofus. Clemens isn't being indicted or tried by Congress.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Why not let them all use steroids? Who really gives a heck what these non -producing people use to propagate their folly?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kate K

    I'll trust Roger C. over any of our Sainted Congressmen. What a joke!! Vote them all out of office and get some people in congress who have a clue. Jobs...economy...jobs...economy.............

    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rapid Robert

    To all of you government-hating Tea Party members: Clemens has been indicted IN FEDERAL COURT, not Congress!

    His case will be heard before a Federal Judge and jury, NOT CONGRESS! When you lie to the IRS, federal prosecutors and a federal court come after you, not the IRS. Doesn't any one of you commenters understand the purpose of criminal penalties for lying when testifying before Congress, a court, or any other state or federal agency??

    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canuck

    He is being indicted by federal prosecutors not congress!!! I'm Canadian and I know more than you Yanks...Go back to school!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. To all the Morons talking about Congress....

    Congress isn't prosecuring Roger Clemens. The U.S. Attorney is prosecuring Roger Clemens. He is being charged with lying TO CONGRESS. NOt charged BY CONGRESS with lying.

    It's easy to criticize when you don't understand even the most basic functions of our government.

    Let's be clear: Roger Clemens was called to testify before Congress about a national drug abuse epidemic, and he lied. And some of you think this is activity that should NOT be prosecuted?

    Morons...

    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jimbo84

    maybe he'll get a charlie rangel deal...everyone will attend his birthday party, talk about what a great guy he is and forget about what he did wrong...after all –lying to Congress? big deal – they do it everyday.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Bednarik, PhD

    Congress?? Now there is a bunch of honest people - boy, I am glad we have them to set an example for the rest of the nation. Flip that dome upside down and it becomes a toilet.. "We The People" think it is time to flush.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Nixon

      PhD – elitist ƒuck – I have a PhD in apathy

      August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    The real game here is being played by Congress who wastes their time and your money on BASEBALL instead of real issues that affect the lives of millions of suffering Americans. Remember Americans? They're the people you screwed over by allowing their jobs to be shipped to slave and cheap labor markets and who you forced to compete against child labor. They're the people you stole from to pay off a trillion bucks to the wealthy elite who land on their yachts with their golden parachutes and sail off giving you the finger. They're the people whose future you sold off to China, who are losing their homes to banks they paid money to for years, who are buried under credit cards and enslaved by debt and fear. Remember America? Remember Americans? I don't recognize anything now from the place I remember in my youth. Burn in hell, sellouts in Congress. I'm sure you'll enjoy your special place with all the corporate lobbyists who own you.

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

      You want to know why players use steroids? They're afraid if they can't perform and get that big paycheck, they'll have to live like the rest of us slobs in a broken middle and lower class America that you destroyed with your greed, Congress. If the only way they can make it is to juice up to get the edge, it's your own fault for making life so miserably desperate for millions of Americans that they will do anything to climb out up out of the cesspit and onto the hill... anything except get elected to Congress and sell out to corporate lobbyists. They're just not that sleazy.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      Pat – the problem is that you are a stupid ƒuck head and talk too much

      August 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. beat

    I wonder if they will prosecute Bush because he lied about WMD in Iraq. This a waste of time and money.

    Yes Clemens did steroid but who cares!!!! He didn't kill anyone or convinced other baseball player to take steroid.

    MLB should be the one to complaint not Committtee.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Just be sure you include Clinton (Bill and Hillary), John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and all the other cronies from the Clinton administration who started the whole WMD debacle while Clinton was in office (and if you doubt that, spend a little time and actually read up on it).

      It's ignorant fools like you who want to do nothing but sling mud at the others without a clue or facts...almost like a political candidate...

      August 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Who cares?? Yeah, sure, screw the law, we don't need no stinking laws...

      He also lied to Congress, under oath. Then again, so did your libtard daddy Clinton and got away with it.

      So yeah, get rid of the laws, we don't need laws, right?

      August 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dick Nixon

    I am not a criminal.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghetto monkey

      i ƒucked your daughter and paid for her abortion

      August 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Nixon

      I knew that all along. I will have the FBI come for you today!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kklennon

    This is a wise use of our tax dollars at work – NOT! Maybe Congress should spend their time on bigger projects than baseball players – try working on solving the drug problem as a whole – or figuring out how to make government work FOR the people – not just themselves.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bronx Sport Fan

    Everyone is comments on Roger Clemens indictment on perjury charges. Where were these fair weather fans when Barry Bonds was charged for the same crime. Double Standards when it comes to White & Black atheltics.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Oh get off your racism high horse.

      I would advocate the same for Clemens as I would for Bonds. If you did the drugs and lied about it, you're busted. has nothing to do with black or white.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DazedAndConfused

    ?? Is this yet another tatic by our Congress to distract the general public from looking at THEIR day to day activities??

    August 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moses

    I will descend down and smote his ass.
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    August 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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