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Roger Clemens indicted on charges of making false statements

Roger Clemens has been indicted on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In February 2008, Clemens and Brian McNamee, his former trainer, contradicted one another in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about whether Clemens had used banned substances.

The hearing came after McNamee had linked Clemens to banned substances in George Mitchell's report on baseball players' use of performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens alleged that McNamee was lying; McNamee reached a deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for steroid distribution.


"Whether it's a Member of the Cabinet, a CEO or a professional athlete, if there is evidence that someone has intentionally misled a Congressional investigative Committee, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible," Kurt Bardella, spokesperson for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking membr of the House committee, said in a statement. "There is no mechanism to justify lying to Congress."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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One of sports' all time creeps.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | August 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Feds: Rocket To Us!

Posted by: Meepo | August 19, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see what Sarah Palin tweets about this - and how fast The Post puts it on the home page.

Posted by: mattintx | August 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Osama bin Laden takes credit for the indictment in his next audio tape.

Posted by: glazer68 | August 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Roger, two words: Fifth Amendment.

It would have helped you.

Posted by: jweaks | August 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

mattintx: What on earth does this have to do with Sarah Palin? Perhaps the Post runs Palin's comments because you and so many others are obsessed with her.

Posted by: NatGreene | August 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why is it if you lie to Congress you can go to prison?, But when Congress lies to the people nothing happens?

Posted by: jazzrockskier | August 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Amazing, our sterling elected pieces of garbage inside the DC beltway make false statements to us everyday - and nothing ever happens to them.

Posted by: zendrell | August 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

With all that is going on is this what you want YOUR Congress to be playing with?
"Professional" baseball above the Independent leagues in the boonies is a JOKE!
And frankly that is my opinion of ALL major league sports and probably most major college sports. It is all about the almighty dollar.

Posted by: grampedstl | August 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Who would have ever thought Canseco, still a jerk in his own right, is looked upon better than The Rocket Roid Man....? Teabagger Palin won't tweet on this since we all know what roids to certain parts of the body....But I digress, maybe he can hawk man-bras too now...

Posted by: nowhine | August 19, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The Government must have SOMETHING better to do!

Posted by: jdonner2 | August 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

OK, let me get this straight: a guy who PLAYS A GAME for a living and who lied to Congress about using drugs gets indicted at the federal level. This is a lie that physically harmed no one, and had no effect whatsoever on our country. But Dubya and Cheney lied over and over, not only to Congress but to the entire world, and their lies have caused hundreds of thousands of casualties and destruction. But they got off scot-free and are still laughing with every trip to the bank. Hmmmmm.....what's wrong with this picture? Where are our priorities, people?

Posted by: Dissenter2 | August 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

To be fair to Mr. Clemens, in Conseco's book, "Juiced," he identified Clemens as one of the only pro athletes he knew who was faithful to his wife. Others, as a matter of course, had surrogate wives in many of the cities they visited. But despite many opportunities, Clemens (to Conseco's knowledge) did not avail himself of these opportunities. Perhaps that should get him into the Hall.

Posted by: mce11 | August 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Do we not have more pressing issues in this country than whether a pro athlete is using steroids or not.....and if he lied about it?

Posted by: terry24 | August 19, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

with all the problems in this country, why is congress even involved with steroid use in sports. are all of our real problems on the verge of being fixed?? another waste of our taxpayers money. UFB!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | August 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

jazzrockskier, you MADE MY DAY with that comment!

Posted by: DCNative59 | August 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Put this in perspective. Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Citi, Bank of America put the World on the edge of financial disaster (which we still remain), no indictments and none on the horizon. BP put the entire Gulf on the brink of ecological disaster (still not out of the woods), no indictments and none on the horizon. However lets indict this criminal in the interest of public safety. Corporate leaders, bankers, Wall Street Elitists, Congressman and Senators, and most of the government witnesses before the 911 Commission (per the 911 Commission) lied before Congress. No indictments.

Only in America>

Posted by: steveola251c | August 19, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

And the Chorus sings "How does it feel?" Clemens has taken such a precipitous fall from grace in such a short period of time. Wow.

Posted by: bdjoyner | August 19, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Lying to Congress? Oh My! Would anyone in the hallowed halls of Congress actually do such a thing. Just unthinkable!

I'll bet all those Congress-people are simply shocked. Thank you, DoJ, for insuring the sanctity of our Congress and protecting the American people from deception on such a pressing national issue.

We should all sleep much, much better tonight.

Posted by: ralphodavis | August 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

i look forward to similar indictments for Alberto Gonzalez, Karl Rove, and every other Bushie who either lied to Congress or defied subpoenas to appear.

Posted by: ched | August 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy. His lawyer said he hadn't heard from the Feds. Hang on--they're on their way.

Posted by: fpcsteve | August 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Word to the wise when under supeona before Congress or the FBI.....plead the FIFTH! Their credibility has been lost for many years. I know first hand that the FBI will lie. Especially after 9-11 when the good agents went to the anti-terrorists assignments. The do nothings took their places.

Posted by: amsgarcia | August 19, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Why is it if you lie to Congress you can go to prison?, But when Congress lies to the people nothing happens?
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Wrong. They get re-elected.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 19, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Clemens can be indicted for lying to congress but the Bush Regime wasn't indicted for lying about the Iraq war? I agree Clemens is kind of sleazy but his lies didn't kill 10s of thousands of people and drive the deficit up to delirious heights!

This country gets more screwed up as time goes by. Sure give murderers like Cheney, Rove and Bush a pass but bring a baseball player to justice! It's disheartening at best that they go after private citizens but Cheney and Bush are still living on government welfare.

Posted by: davidbronx | August 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

From the bullpen to THE Pen. He is so arrogant. I hope he gets a proper trial and sentence if found guilty.

Posted by: eze3111 | August 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"... Kurt Bardella, spokesperson for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking membr of the House committee, said in a statement. "There is no mechanism to justify lying to Congress."
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Unless of course you are a member of congress, than it is expected and rewarded.

Additionally, is this a effective use of our tax dollars during a time of record deficits???? If Congressman Issa is so concerned about pursuing an ego-centric athlete, make him personally foot the bill for the continued legal action.

Posted by: whatswrongwcongress | August 19, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

To jazzrockskier,

That is the best response ever. Our Congress is crooked thru and thru. Will of the people is a myth. They sit up there like royalty and do anything they want, the key word being "they". There isn't an ounce of credibility in any of them. Going after an athlete because he lied to "America's Royalty" is the height of hypocracy. Just who do they think they are? Will Rogers said it best. We have the best Congress money can buy.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | August 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that the worst collection of lying, cheating hustlers known as Congress has the chutzpah to indict someone whose only real error was failing to take the 5th.

Can they be indicted for lying to the American people????

Clemens has done no harm to me, personally. About the only harm he may have done to anyone is to the billionaires who own major league sports.

But Congress has stolen trillions from us, our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren.

But then, we continue to elect these clowns year after year, so maybe we deserve them.

Posted by: jfrykman | August 19, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Darrell Issa of California...So then you agree that George Bush and Dick Cheney should be prosecuted, right ?? Good for you old boy, unless of course you are talking out of both sides of your mouth as usual.

Posted by: cosmicbuffalo | August 19, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY GET A KICK OUT OF READING THE COMMENTS.
THEY ARE MOSTLY BY REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY DOPES.

HOW MANY OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE PLAYED ORGANIZED SPORTS.
MY GUESS IS NONE OF YOU.

I BELIEVE NONE OF YOU MADE IT ON YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE VARSITY TEAMS.

THE REASON WHY, YOU WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

BUSH LEAGUERS.

WIMPS.

YOU PLAY JUDGE AND JURY WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT HAD THEIR DAY IN COURT. KEEP YOUR GODDAMN MOUTH SHUT.

YOU ARE NOT EVEN FIT TO BE AMERICANS.

YOU ARE REALLY NOT AMERICANS.

YOU ARE WIMPS WHO COULD NOT MAKE THE

V A R S I T Y....

Posted by: lookatthem | August 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Roger should have just stayed quiet in the first place. And why do baseball players and track stars get more attention and punishment from law enforcement, sportwriters and fans for PED use? The same fan or sportwriter who thinks a MLB player should not make the HOF because of PED use have no problem with NFL players getting in under the same circumstances. You think there aren't NFL players in the Hall who used steroids? Roger is an example of an elite athlete who did not want to lose his edge or athletic ability when he got older. Like Bonds, he was HOF great before he started using. He used to maintain the greatness past his prime. Cheated? Yes, should he be left out of the hall? No. Lets keep it real folks, Guys like Bonds, A-Rod and Clemens were great regardless. But because they took PED's in their later years they extended their careers and elite play.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

get ready Lance, you're next.

Posted by: nativedc | August 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many people concerned about the debt we are passing on to our grandchildren? The earth will not be inhabitable by then. The earth will survive and after a couple of million years evolution will start all over again.

Posted by: chopin224 | August 19, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Who's next?? Digg up something on Babe Ruth?? I am so fed up with our athletes being wooed and wowed one moment - then 'hung by the neck til dead' the next. The line forms to the left - wonder who's next? They say sports are categorized as entertainment. If these athletes are entertainers, they should live as such - people offering entertainment for the masses. Their performance should be solely based on what they offer to entertain us.

Posted by: vlong2 | August 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Clemens deserves a Palin endorsement!!!

Posted by: Dog11 | August 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You folks make a good point. Why are we indicting athletes? Its like law enforcement is obsessed over their fame and notoriety that its some sort of feather in their cap to send an athlete to jail. Yet when congressmen and even higher public figures actually lie to us and do us harm we cant seem to even question their actions much less convict them of lying. Think about this, Dick Cheney shot a man in the face and was never questioned beyond the victims own statement. Plaxico Burriss shot himself and was indicted and serving three years in jail. Its like we sacrifice famous athletes to make ourselves feel better about not convicting the people who actually violate the law and can do us harm. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have done nothing to you or me. But the Iraq War has affected all of us in some form. We were lied to by public servants who starting that war. I dont recall anyone getting indicted.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 19, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? the biggest bunch of liars in the country is upset that some one lied to them??? About something they should not be wasting time on anyway??
Who's pitching what to whom??

Posted by: Geezercurmudgen | August 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We're going through all this crap about 'roids and lying to Congress..what about Pete Rose? All he did was gamble like the NFL ref. Pete has served his time-long overdue...PUT HIM IN THE HOF NOW!!!

Posted by: danderson6 | August 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Roger, Roger. Why didn't you just do what your teammate Andy Pettit did and just say... " I used steroids once or twice to try and get over an injury faster.".......

Roger, the last I checked, Andy Pettit , although injured right now, has had a good 2010 season with the Yankees.......and all he did was sort of tell the truth, and it's over with..................Why, Roger , Why ????

Your life will never be the same, Roger, because you weren't man enough to do what your teammate Andy did....Pity........

Posted by: steelydanfan1 | August 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

enough of this 'roid crap,lying to congress what about pete rose? all he did was gamble like the nfl ref. pete has served his time. Put him in the HOF

Posted by: danderson6 | August 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

You can sure tell all the loons who would give their right arm to have Clemens play on their favorite team. They're the ones who complain that the gov't. has better things to do than indict someone for perjury re steroids use in sports. These are the same loons who believe in win at all cost, that don't care if the rules are broken with steroid use, the same loons who idolize Bonds and McGwire and Clemens and the rest of the cheats. These are the same loons who have no respect for the game or its history.

Posted by: alamo2 | August 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Two words to mce11: Mindy McReady
Using Conseco's incorrect information re Clemens fidelity to justify his being inducted into the Hall of Fame is about as convoluted an argument as it gets. Professional athletes are role models for millions of children and should be held accountable.

Posted by: nancytropoli | August 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Uh, no, alamo2. I complain that the government has better things to do than indict an athlete over lying about steroids because we're talking about A GAME. A sport. Something that's done for entertainment purposes, and has no bearing on the average person's life. I complain because this indictment shows that priorities are totally skewed in this country. Good lord! Our entire society, even the planet, is headed for the cliff at breakneck speed, and the people running the country are worried about ATHLETES??? They're concerned with a baseball player's perjury, but not the lies of leaders who got us into wars by falsifying evidence, the lies of banksters who crashed the economy, the lies of corporations who are poisoning the planet? And those of us who think the priorities are the economy, jobs, healthcare, the environment, and so on---you think we're just obsessed with other players or don't care about the state of baseball? You think we're loons? 'Fraid not, my friend. Look in the mirror.

Posted by: Dissenter2 | August 19, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I NOTICE ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY DOPES WITH THEIR COMMENTS.

NONE OF YOU EVER PLAYED ORGANIZED SPORTS.

NONE OF YOU.

IT IS BECAUSE YOU WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH

TO MAKE IT.

WIMPS.

ALL YOU COULD DO IS WATCH AND ENVY

THE ATHLETES.

POOR BABIES.

WELL YOU CAN BE A REAL HE-MAN.

JUST PULL DOWN YOUR PANTS AND START

BEATIN OFF.

ITS ALL YOU REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY DOPES

HAVE TO DO BESIDES LIE ALL THE TIME....

Posted by: lookatthem | August 19, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Congress? The corrupt Congress which is incapable of policing itself, and lies to us every time it passes laws ostensibly good for us, e.g. the obscene health care bill?
This is a joke, right?

Posted by: guthriej | August 19, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

It is extremely funny how they are going after a sports athlete but Congressmen and political figures lie for a living.... do they get punished... nope, they get the golden parachute and book deals !!!! Now, is clemens lying... hell yeah, IMO but my goodness, just let it go!

Posted by: rvanags | August 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't know whether Clemens took drugs or not. What bothers me about this process is the hypocrisy!
We can be prosecuted if someone thinks we lied to Congress, but members of Congress can and do lie to us with regularity and impunity!
How about a bit of justice here!

Posted by: TexRancher | August 19, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

From their website;
"The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications."

What the hell does Roger Clemens allegedly lying to a bunch of self serving, lazy sycophants have to do with their real responsibilities.

Why don't they tackle some of the real issues that they were elected for. It appears that those challenges can easily be shelved for distraction because this babbling group of worthless parasites are incapable of seeing what's really important to the American people.

Newsflash; we're at war, the economy sucks, people don't have jobs and are losing their houses, your health care program is an ill conceived farce, you can't protect our borders....the list goes on and on.

Most of these "House Committee on Something Completely Insignificant" should be shelved so we can get some real work done. Maybe a "House Committee on Figuring Out Why the American People Actually Tolerate Us" should be created.

Posted by: AvgWhiteGuy | August 20, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

One wonders when the American people will indite Bush on charges of making false statements to the people of the US. After all Bush's statements had far greater ramifications than some idiot taking performance enhancing drugs that will ultimately destroy his own body. Bush put the world in danger, Roger Clemens has only put himself in danger.

Posted by: AshleyKennedyUK | August 20, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Breaking News: "Congress Charged with lying to Clemens and the rest of the American People". Funny how politics plays out here. Didn't Bush go after baseball to distract the American People from the Iraq debacle?

Posted by: netprowlerp | August 20, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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