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. Jake Rockwel

    Our Tax dollars at work. Where does congress get off? They know as much about baseball as they do about finance and or oil spills. Just a bunch of old windbags yelling nonsense at people does not change anything! Congress spending millions yelling at baseball players on is a sin... Look at all the other comments. Congress is a joke, we are the laughing stock of the world.
    Congress fix:
    1: Term limits to all government officials.
    2. Fire the current congress staff
    3. New Staff must obey all the laws and policy's they enforce
    4. Congress staff is forbidden to have any relations with special interest

    With all the problems the US has Security, healthcare, taxes and dept.. Congress wastes millions on baseball.
    It's truly disgusting. What kind of country will our children inherit...Sad.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake Rockwel

      Besides being a gas bag I also like to ƒuck barnyard animals.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      Jake – the topic is baseball – not animals!

      August 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Big Bat

    I play baseballs with my big big bat

    August 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DankoRamone

    While this certainly is far from the most important facing the nation, it's genuinely amazing there are actually people defending Clemens, or saying "it doesn't matter." If he perjured himself, he's committed a crime. It's no less a crime because of what he lied about; the crime is the lie itself. Certainly, there are bigger lies, and bigger liars. But that doesn't for a moment diminish the reality in terms of Clemens.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger's Penis

    How is it cheating?? He took the steroids when they werent banned in MLB. There were no rules to taking and not taking steroids. Him lying to congress is stupid I'll give you that. WIllie Mays and all those guys back in the 60's thru 80's were all hopped up on cocaine and other substances but no one bitc*s about that.

    It is all the fans fault any way. They want to see 500 foot homeruns and players hit 70 homeruns in a season and pitchers throw 100 mph. The only way someone can do that is by taking steroids. Why do you think we havent had a 60+ homerun hitter since Bonds? Why do you think there are so many no hitters this year?

    Steroids help you hit the ball further and throw the ball harder, they dont help you make contact with the ball or help you hit the outside corner with your change up. The hardest thing in sports to do is to hit a baseball. Period.

    If Willie Mays and Babe Ruth played in this day and age, they would be juicing up with all the other baseball players, it is part of the game now if you want to be the best.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • elaine

      ...and the fans are all jacked-up on beer.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madonna's Love Canal

      Hey...gimme a call, OK?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      elaine – will you strip naked right now?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stephan

    It just shows you the players today can't compete without substance help. Ruth, Maris, Mantle, Mays, Aaron, all played without steroids and did pretty well. I do think that Congress are the one's who should be indicted for perjury they lie to the American people everyday!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger's Penis

      They also did it against pitchers that could barely throw 80

      August 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DLS

    My big question is why is congress even involved. Using illegal drugs is for the courts and if legal but not allowed in baseball then it is for the team and thte commissioner - to many people distracting from the real issues and problems

    August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chuck

    Anti-trust laws place the affairs of Major League Baseball squarely under the jurisdiction of Congress. Congress has the authority through the investigative committee known as the Government Reform Committee to investigate breaches of The Federally Controlled Substance Act which regulates the use of performance enhancing drugs, including steroids. Congress did its job.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Who cares!!!

    Leave the guy alone, who cares, whose going to investigate Congress for lying to us?? What a joke! With all the things wrong in todays day and age..(and it seems that there are more things wrong today than ever in human civilization) would think that they would investigate other thingas that actually affect Americans. Do your job Congress and fix the reaL problems you losers!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Get over it

    Don't hate Clemens...he just did what Republicans and athiests do everyday...obstruction. 🙂

    August 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      At least Clemens knows which party to support.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    When will Obama and the rest of the world be questioned for telling lies?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. E

    The level of ignorance in these posts of basic government functions is astounding. Clemens made statements to Congress YEARS ago. The Department of Justice (The judiciary NOT Congress) has determined that these statements were false, so Federal Prosecutors have issued indictments. the Assistant US Attorneys who will work on the case have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with creating jobs, appropriating government spending, or any other issues that Congress is responsible for. Seriously folks, open up a fifth grade textbook.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      E ƒucks barnyard animals and thinks he is a smarty pants.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joy

    Give me a break! The country is in the crapper and this lying Congress is going afterv a jerk weed baseball player! Nothing will happen to him anyway! celebrity justice.........2 days in jail with early release due to "overcrowding"

    August 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GG in Galveston

    This is truly a sad day in baseball. Roger has done so much for the sport, for his community, for his fans. If these alligations prove true, let's not forget the man's contributions under the shadow of his error in judgement. After all, is not society that pushes these althetes to their "breaking point" for glory, for greed? Maybe it's time to take a look at the cost involved for such fame... Would anyone of us choose to retire when the money is flowing freely and the mind refuses to let go? If we were offered a "magic elixir" would we not take it, too? My two cents.See More

    August 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      No I wouldn't, I have morals and integrity. Stop blaming the world for one person's problems.

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

    While I am not surprised, I gave up on professional baseball many years ago. I watched Canseco and McGwire bulk-up, year over year, and I told the fans who were seated around us, "someday they will ban steroids from baseball, but not until these guys steal the records they will never deserve". Sad, very sad.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. E

    apparently Joy missed my point

    August 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Lightyear

      see above

      August 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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