Roger Clemens steroids trial: not guilty
Roger Clemens aka “The Rocket” has escaped federal perjury charges after a jury acquitted the New York Yankees pitching great of the six criminal counts against him. The charges stem from 2008 testimony to Congress in which he denied using steroids, or performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens had been charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making a false statement and two counts of perjury. Much of the federal case against Clemens hinged on testimony from Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer.
McNamee, who had worked with Clemens at the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, said he had injected Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone between 1998 and 2001.
Over his 24 years in baseball, Clemens won 354 games. He won the Cy Young Award a record seven times. The jury’s acquittal would see to clear Clemens for a bid to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.
But doubts about whether or not Roger Clemens doped remain in the minds of many baseball fans, for whom there will always be an asterisk by Clemens’ name.