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Headline: Roger Clemens and Trainer Face Off Over Steroids

A he-said-he-said show came to Capitol Hill this morning, when Roger Clemens and his ex-trainer Brian McNamee testified under oath before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Last December, the government’s Mitchell Report asserted that Clemens used performance enhancing drugs, an accusation that Clemens’ teammate and trainer back. The hearing was not impartial, as members of Congress are not bound to the rules of evidence or questioning.

In his opening statements, Roger Clemens, a legendary pitcher, reiterated that he never used steroids or any other type of illegal performance enhancing drugs. Ex-trainer McNamee, who sat very close to Clemens, testified that he injected Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs more often than he had previously claimed.

Clemens’ former teammate, Andy Pettitte, was excused from the hearing, but still took center stage. His sworn affidavit stated that Clemens told him he used Human Growth Hormones (HGH) around 1999. Clemens said that he was talking about his wife’s use of human-growth hormone, not his own.

Clemens’ statements could potentially set off a Justice Department investigation that could lead to criminal prosecution. Somebody's not telling the truth!

What do you think about this development?

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SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
I think when people look at this whole issue, all they see is a frivilous baseball issue. From a lawyers' perspective, this is a purely federal regulation issue...meaning that ONLY Congress and the federal court system can get involved in this. We are not talking about an on-field brawl that the commish gets to rule on. We are talking about illegal substance abuse and federal perjury. The fact-finding aspect of this, due to the perjury in a congressional report (the Mitchell Report), is now the role of a congressional committee. The sanctioning of these players should be done by the federal courts. So, it is not because I care so much about baseball that I feel that Congress should be involved. They have NO CHOICE but to be involved unfortunately. That just needed to be clarified. As I said in my last post, Congress should be agressively looking into the current administration as vigorously as they are with this MLB issue. I was right here--2 blocks away from what is now a huge hole--6 years and 5 months ago on 9/11 and I will tell you that it was a life altering moment for me, and everything this administration has done has been about anything and everything BUT that horrific day. Some legislators should buck up and have the balls to ask the questions that the rest of America seems to want answers to--even if it is against your own party. A president was impeached for perjury before over a PERSONAL indiscretion. Too bad the president who crapped all over the Constitution will get off scott free.
janneth janneth 8 years
Either let players take drugs and break records and entertain fans with phony feats, or not. But at least let EVERY player be on an even playing field, so to speak.
mguy414 mguy414 8 years
I am not a baseball fan (college football all the way!) but I agree with everyone as to the confusion of why Congress is involved. What does this have to do with our government? Is this really what its come down to? I'll tell my grandchildren that in my lifetime I went through 9-11, The War in Iraq and....a congressional issue involving baseball players who used steroids?
remedios remedios 8 years
I'm with the "who cares?" crowd. No really ... who really cares? Ok, maybe SugarFreak does. But to me, yet another example of govt getting involved where it doesn't belong. And also a diversion from any real, more important debate, something politicians can take him and say "look, I'm fighting steroids in professional sports. I'm saving little Johnny's life. Now he won't want to take steroids." Lame.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Great post, Sugar Freak...I can even forgive you for being a Yankee fan ;) Does anyone remember years ago when there was a serious controversy over whether or not the ball was juiced because the number of home runs was going up dramatically...I think it was a couple years before McGwire/Sosa.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Very well put, SugarFreak! I suppose I just simply wish that Congress hadn't HAD to get involved to this extent and that something could have been done about this long ago.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Enlightening and well-put, SugarFreak! I get it now :) And I absolutely agree with your last paragraph.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
It was really easy for my first reaction on this whole thing to be like, "why the hell is Congress wasting time on this??" But then I thought about it, and as long as Waxman is not using this as a modern form of McCarthyism, and really does try to get to the bottom of what's going on, I can understand why this, when looking at the BIG PICTURE, is important socially. When you have kids in today's competitive society, you want to make sure as much integrity as possible is preserved in all facets of life...education, sports, etc. You can do a great job as a parent, but you never want anyone to think it's ok to resort to illegal means to get an edge. Does it occur all the time? Of course, but that doesn't mean you roll your eyes and look the other way. I have been a Yankees fan since birth, but I can look at things objectively. I bet Clemens (and the others) never once ever gave thought to those guys who were not able to make it in the pro's because they couldn't hit as many home-runs as these all-stars because they opted to not juice up. I bet they never thought about the other guys who couldn't get paid as much because the budget couldn't afford it carrying these guys' monstrous contracts eventhough they were probably equally or even more talented WITHOUT the steroids. Why is Congress THIS involved? Because this is a federal issue. It involves illegal drug use and it was a Senator's report that blew the lid off of this. I think taking the fact that this is a recreational sport out of the picture, it boils down to illegal use of drugs and now perjury on someone's part (Clemens, yes I'm lookin right at you). McNamee named several guys, not just Clemens, all who have done the right thing and fessed up. McNamee just happened to lie about Clemens? Give me a break. One final note...I am truly appalled at the fact that Congress has not given this level of attention in investigating the current administration's miscues. We keep voting these guys back in term after term, so maybe it's time some people with bigger balls are elected into office who are not only afraid to blow a whistle and find out what's going on not only with baseball players, but have the guts to question our leaders. Just a thought.
BrickSykes BrickSykes 8 years
Hi, Guys, I watched the hearings on MSNBC and, being a guy, I gotta say that it doesn't look good for Clemens. He is in a real bad spot. I don't believe though that the evidence is "stacked" against him. It looks to me that he's just let things go on too long without leveling with anybody. I honestly believe he's lying. I know a lot of Jocks and am familiar with the hierarchy that seems to grow around them. We're talking about consummate one ups man ship when considering Big League sports of any kind. I was sitting there listening to his responses, and thought to myself, how would I act in his shoes? He's been a Sports Icon for so very long now, I don't think he can afford to tell another story. Just think how much stuff would have to be "un-done" were he to suddenly come clean? I'm not even supposed to be here, and here I am tapping away about a Congressional hearing. Which reminds me...A lot of you here have wondered what the Heck Congress has to do with it? That's the first thing I answered...The US Congress probably doesn't Want to be involved...but when the responsibility has been abridged by those agencies that are Supposed to be responsible, and don't perform, well, Somebody Has to Do It!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Believe me, I know more than a thing or two. :) I married a Red Sox fan (and converted for love and my sanity) and we both love baseball to the point where we got engaged at Wrigley Field. I've been keeping some track of all this on ESPN and through various news outlets and I have to say that there are a lot of detailed events and instances against Clemens. And he and Petitte are (probably WERE now) considered to be good friends. He just seems almost TOO vehement about protesting his innocence. Personally, I don't care if he DID do HGH - just tell us. And if he didn't, great, wonderful!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Agreed with everyone who doesn't understand why Congress is this involved. I don't get it. Why can't this whole thing just treated as a regular criminal investigation?
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
ALSW, I LOVE when other girls actually like baseball and know a thing or two about it!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
They all seem to be innocent until proven guilty...*rolling eyes* But there seems to be a wealth of evidence against Clemens and it keeps piling up. I'm with you, Mandy, I love baseball!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Baseball is my life...I can't help commenting all over the place on this one! Clemens didn't have the most sterling repution before this all came out. No one thought all that highly of him (except maybe Yankee fans, but take that one with a grain of salt). He did throw a bat at Mike Piazza, so maybe he should have thought that one through if he was that concerned with his reputation.
starturtle44 starturtle44 8 years
Congress definitely has better things to do. Also, when it comes to Clemens reputation, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Can't we just move on?
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Exactly, Mandy! Of course the Player's Union is against it - they don't want to be looked too closely at. And if Bud isn't going to do something about it, then someone else needs to step in and do so! It's just not a matter for Congress...
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Congress has always been involved in baseball, but I do think they are way overstepping the line. I agree that MLB should be handling this for themselves, but with the players union and the owners against testing, and Bud Selig being too spineless to do anything significant this is where we end up. I think I should be appointed MLB Commissioner...I'd whip this old boys club into shape!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Its a harsh reality of sports, but I dont think this is a matter of congress.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I think that Congress is looking at this as a way to step in and potentially get some decent publicity, or at the very least, publicity. I mean, really, what point is there in involing Congress? Baseball (and any other sport) has a commissioner for a reason and he should have been the one to step in and take charge of this problem. And even when he wasn't, there should have been some other body stepping in to try and stem this problem.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
trying to get your mind off other issues like hmmmmm an expensive war???
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
With focus, dedication and steroids, men can achieve impossible dreams. Like breaking a world record. Or growing their own breasts.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
The asshole said his wife used it but he didnt. WOW.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
I'm definitely interested to see your comments about whether you think the steroids debate is relevant... I don't personally think it's a good use of Congressional time and money, but it's certainly taken over the news cycle today--why do you think that is? What about our culture makes some of us so sports-crazy?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Yeah, I'm not sure why Congress is involved. I dont follow baseball so I couldnt care less but dont they have some kind of league type commission thing that could moderate this? What a waste of time and $.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
And I'm with Mandy - just admit it if you did it!
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