Duplication of a 1986 Topps baseball card depicting Roger Clemens at the height of his Boston Red Sox stay.
Roger Clemens in the days before performance enhancing drugs soiled his career. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Tony Unruh/Flickr)

The steroids scandal in baseball continues as former pitching great Roger Clemens has been indicted for lying during a Congressional probe regarding his use of performance-enhancing drugs, reports FoxNews.com. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner faces one count of obstruction of the U.S. Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. If convicted on all counts, Clemens would face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. Under federal sentencing guidelines, however, the former baseball great would likely only serve 15 to 21 months of jail time. Clemens is allegedly one of the 80-plus former players included in the Mitchell Report, which lists players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.

‘Rocket’ Roger Clemens has been grounded

Known for his fearsome fastball and bulldog disposition, “Rocket” Roger Clemens was known as a pillar of strength on the pitcher’s mound. However, the longevity in his big right arm may have had more to do with human growth hormone over the last half of his career than punching uncooked rice in a barrel repeatedly, a training method he admitted to having used. Rather than throwing grains of rice like starstruck wedding crashers, members of the House of Representatives panel who questioned Roger Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee did not pull their punches in the 2008 hearing. They laid the groundwork for Clemens to admit wrongdoing, and Clemens appears to have stumbled rather than admitting defeat gracefully. He denied having ever used steroids of human growth hormone.

‘Clemens knowingly received injections while he was an MLB player,’ reads the indictment

Both Brian McNamee and Clemens’ friend, fellow MLB pitcher and fellow human growth hormone user Andy Pettitte, submitted sworn testimony indicating that Clemens used performance enhancing drugs and openly discussed obtaining them in 1999 or 2000. Clemens rebutted that McNamee was fabricating his testimony, while Pettitte allegedly “misremembered” their conversations.

Hall of Fame voters are bailing out of Clemens’ corner

Despite a 354-184 career record and 4,672 strikeouts over a 24-year career – numbers that would guarantee a clean player’s entry into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., — Roger Clemens is now a pariah. Hall of Fame voters who work for The Sporting News have stated they will offer him “zero support” with he becomes eligible to be placed on the ballot in 2012.

“‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘cheating’ don’t belong in the same sentence,” senior TSN editor Carl Moritz.

Sources:
FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/08/19/clemens-indicted-perjury-report/
The Sporting News http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2010-08/clemens-case/story/sns-hall-of-fame-voters-wouldnt-support-clemens

Roger Clemens’ original testimony before Congress
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnyJPHOiLFU

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