Make all the “misremembered” comments you want, but what’s now going down is serious.
A federal grand jury has indicted 7-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens for lying about steroid use. It’s just more problems for Clemens, who has fought this from the start. He now faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.
The back and forth between Rocket and former trainer Brian McNamee started in 2008, as both sat before Congress. McNamee stated he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) from 1998-2001 as a member of the Blue Jays and Yankees. Rocket still denies this, even though he is now being called out.
The 6-count grand jury indictment says Clemens, in legal terms, obstructed a congressional inquiry with 15 statements he made under oath. That includes all the steroid denials. Alot of “misremembering”.
Both Clemens and his attorney knew this day was coming, so don’t think they haven’t been preparing for this. It would be interesting to know what evidence is out there to warrant the indictments, but despite what Clemens says there is apparently enough to do so.
I remember Clemens coming up with the Red Sox, and even had some Rocket hardware I wore as a kid. Clemens, Nolan Ryan and Bret Saberhagen were the ones I studied early on, adding Greg Maddux later in the mix. Rocket was one of those who you watched and tried to pick up pitching tricks from. To find out years later one of those who you tried to learn from turns out to be a cheater, among other things, is a tough pill.
It should be interesting to see how this saga turns out, because this is far from over. If convicted, Clemens could see 15 to 21 months in jail, plus a 1.5 million dollar fine.
If you told me this 10 years ago, I would have said you were crazy. No way Rocket goes down like this.
Needless to say, a legacy tarnished.
Written by C. James