Monday, June 18, 2012

Former Yankee Acquitted Of Charges That He Lied To Congress

Jury Finds Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts In Perjury Trial

CBS New York -- Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided he didn’t lie to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jurors returned their verdict Monday after close to 10 hours of deliberation. The outcome brings an end to a 10-week trial that capped an expensive, five-year investigation into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball.

The 49-year-old Clemens was charged with perjury , making false statements and obstructing Congress when he testified at a deposition and at a nationally-televised hearing in February 2008. The charges centered on his repeated denials that he used steroids and human growth hormone during his 24-year career.[...]

The verdict is the latest blow to the government’s pursuit of athletes accused of drug use.

Blog author's comments - I think this is good news. I have always been a fan of Roger Clemens and never doubted that he was innocent. This may make it difficult for Clemens to be voted into the baseball Hall of Fame the first year he is eligible.

If anyone should be there it is 'The Rocket'. Many of the sports writers who vote the MLB players into the Hall believed that Clemens was guilty of drug use and lying to Congress when this entire fiasco began.

Hopefully, the voting media will look at Clemens' record on the field and put him in the Hall of Fame where he belongs.

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