Thursday, August 19, 2010 |
5 years ago
Falling Star: Clemens will be indicted on perjury charges.
Roger Clemens testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over two years ago saying that his former trainer Brian McNamee had lied about his use of steroids. Today, federal authorities have decided the former Houston Astro pitcher lied under oath and have indicted him on perjury charges.
Clemens was accused of using HGH by McNamee, who claimed he helped administer the drugs, in a report to congress in 2008. The widely discussed Mitchell Report
documented the use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball and brought allegations against numerous big name players including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.
While McNamee didn't exactly come across as the most reputable witness, he wasn't the first to accuse Clemens of using PED's. Jose Canseco suggested Clemens may have used steroids in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Clemens was also mentioned more than 80 times in the Mitchell Report.
Clemens former teammate and close friend, Andy Pettite, admitted to using HGH on several occasions and apologized. He also said he remembered Clemens telling him that he had used HGH to which Clemens claimed Pettite "misremembered."
Since the hearings, Clemens has been busy fending off accusations of steroids to anyone who will listen, including Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes
, and dealing with allegations of an alleged affair with Mindy McCready that supposedly began when she was only 15.
Despite all the controversy and the fact that he recently turned 48-years-old, the Rocket left open the possibility of joining a major league at some point this year, but has yet to do so. He is considered, based on his performance on the field, a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the steroid allegations have the potential to keep one of the greatest pitchers ever out of the Hall.