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Feds Call Baseball Great Clemens Foul

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Posted on Aug 19, 2010
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The Rocket is headed for the docket. Roger Clemens has been indicted for allegedly lying to Congress about his steroid use. How foolish of Clemens to testify without first procuring an insurance company or a bank, or offering his services as a military contractor. Doesn’t he know how Washington works?

New York Times:

The 19-page indictment charges Clemens with three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his February 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

That testimony came in a public hearing in which Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee, testifying under oath, directly contradicted each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 24, 2010 at 5:52 am Link to this comment

When Congress summons it’s a great risk to say “no”.

I think you ought to look at how Congress used its power to intimidate and destroy the careers of anyone who would NOT answer their leading questions in the late 40’s and 50’s.  Congressman can ask leading questions, they can ask you to name names and they can hold you in Contempt of Congress if you don’t answer questions that NO court of law would allow.

Think about it.  Do you REALLY want Michelle Bachmann to be able to ask any witness ANYTHING her reactionary backers suggest?

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By BR, August 23, 2010 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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Inherit The Wind:
He volunteered to go before Congress against his lawyer’s advice. Nothing to do
with the 5th amendment here.
The whole inquiry into steroids in baseball was fatuous. The truth is that this only
happened because most up on Capitol Hill are old men, and old men are the only
demographic that still watches baseball—seriously look at their poor
performance. There is no way that this inquiry happens over the NFL, NHL, or
But, once the inquiry was launched and Clemens showed up and lied, they are
obligated to prosecute. Yes the probe was stupid, but it’s not wise to allow an
arrogant egomaniac like Clemens to just show up and lie with impunity. In the
future I’d prefer that people were held accountable when they speak before our

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By J.W., August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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Although I do think that pro athletes need to be held accountable against the performance-enhancing drug ban,  it still seems strange that Congress is the one dealing with it.  It’s not like they have other, more pressing matters to deal with that, such as unemployment, war, immigration, etc. 

But I suppose that is besides the point, about the issue at hand.  Clemens lied, he should be punished.  As my mom used to always remind me with “oh what wicked webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive”.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, August 19 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

This story proves to me that congress and the feds have too much time on their hands meddling in other peoples business.

Maybe they should mind their own store and do something useful for somebody.

Y’know, I’ve thinking EXACTLY the same thing all day.  THIS is what we are paying them to do? I don’t get it: If he told the truth he’d be implicating himself. He lies, so he’s committing perjury.  What happened to “not be forced to bear witness against ones self”?  It MAY be a crime but there are far more serious crimes out there that need enforcing and are going unpunished as a prosecutor tries to make a name putting Clemens in jail.  Is this prevention, deterrence or retribution?

I’m no fan of Clemens—after the broken bat he
beaned Piazza—took him out of the game, too.  He may have had a great arm but he was a blight on the Yankees.

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By PatrickHenry, August 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

This story proves to me that congress and the feds have too much time on their hands meddling in other peoples business.

Maybe they should mind their own store and do something useful for somebody.

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By Beltwaylaid, August 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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During the MLB steriods hearings Repugs were jumping up
and defending this guy.

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By NYCartist, August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

I remember when he threw a piece of broken bat at Mike Piazza, Mets catcher. A nasty guy.

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By Hammond Eggs, August 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

While Clemens was undoubtedly a truly great pitcher, he was also Richard Nixon, i.e., too dumb to understand that the coverup frequently has worse consequences than the crime itself.

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