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Video: Sheinin and Svrluga discuss Clemens

The Post's Dave Sheinin and Barry Svrluga and WTEM's Rick "Doc" Walker discuss the Roger Clemens indictment on "Washington Post Live With Ivan Carter."

Click here to view a PDF of the indictment.

By Alexa Steele  |  August 19, 2010; 7:55 PM ET
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In DC they cannot do a 5 minute piece completely on baseball without mentioning the Reskins. Uggh.

Anyway, the idea that MLB will now have to face lock Hall of Fame caliber players coming in from the steroid era, as Barry referenced, is a bit late. Several guys who very well likely may have been using are already in: Ricky, Eck, Boggs, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken (remember when Cal was 29 years old and 185 pounds? 50 pounds of muscle goes on his frame late in life naturally, I am sure). Anyway, not to run out on witch hunts for users here, but it was all over the game for a long, long time (and it was not much of a secret either -- which is why player after player wrote personal checks to buy the stuff -- no fear of getting into any kind of real trouble). Odds are that there are guys are already in Cooperstown who used with abandon.

Clemens's big mistake was suing MacNamee for slander, which meant he'd be open to discovery on the issues of using, he'd have to be deposed and testify that he did not ever use. He had already stepped in it before Congress came knocking for testimony. At the end of the day, MacNamee literally has Celemens' blood on a neddle with steroids. A veritable smoking gun. Roger will settle before trial.

I will predict that Roger is rich and famous enough and his career big enough to get by this eventually, but it is going to take 15-20 years of do-gooding and careful public image planning for him to get to Cooperstown.

Posted by: dfh21 | August 25, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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