Monday, June 18, 2012

UPDATE: Roger Clemens Found Not Guilty of All Charges


Clemens faced one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury.


  1. Good for the jury and Clemens. Who the hell is congress getting involved in baseball of all things? The justice system worked today for this man. He has the right to not self-incriminate. It is between him and his employers whether he uses drugs or not. Primarily, it is his business alone.

  2. Chalk up one for the good guys!

    Now Free Bobby Bonds!!!

    I would give a LOT to have been a fly on the wall in the jury room. Hope somebody gets an interview with a juror.

  3. Congress, my hero...

  4. This is EXACTLY why we must get rid of the jury system. Imagine that the government wants to put someone in jail and has to go through the terrible taxpayer expense!!...of having to convince twelve nitwits.

    Oh the humanity!

    That's sarcasm in case anyone took it seriously, but you know that's exactly what they're thinking.

  5. I really can't stand Roger Clemens but the idea that taxpayer dollars were going toward this whole thing was absurd. It's also comical that he got off (can anyone say "inept government").

  6. "Clemens faced one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury."
    Note that all of the charges were supposed crimes against the government, and none of the charges were about actually using PEDs. The same was ultimately true in the Bonds case and I think with Lance Armstrong as well.

    Maybe that should tell you something.

    Also, a legal expert that appeared on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning today noted that the government's legal team was less than competent while Clemens' legal team was top flight, and that may be much of the reason for why Clemens beat the rap. Ahhhh, sweet justice :-)

    For the record I'm pretty sure they all used and I just have difficulty caring very much. Baseball knew what was going on and many major sports effective allowed drug use of various kinds for decades, including by the greatest players (think Mays and Aaron and the Steelers teams of the 70s, the testing margins in cycling leave plenty of room for enhancement that doesn't go over certain limits), so I don't want to hear any whining now by some Johnny-come-lately, puritanical hypocrites who only get out of sorts when it all goes public.

    Next up is to blast the gatekeepers who decide who does or doesn't get into the various Halls of Fame, but that will say more about the gatekeepers than anything.