Showing posts with label Roger Clemens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roger Clemens. Show all posts

Friday, August 20, 2010

Clemens Indicted

My MS Paint picture from when this Clemens news first came about, a post in late 2007.
It has been a while since we have had some steroid news, nearly 2 years after Roger Clemens testified in front of congress he has been indicted on 6 counts of perjury. These government steroid trials take so long, I wish this was all over but this is far from over.

 No need to fear, lemme handle this, Look buddy, I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings, uh, I'm well educated, well versed. I know that situations like this, court wise, are complex.

Let me put on my lawyer pants and break this down for you.

With these charges looming over his head Clemens has a few choices: take a plea bargain, go to trail or flee the country. Since Clemens has been fairly defiant throughout this whole processes I highly doubt he grovel for a plea bargain. So that means we will get to see a about a year. Clemens will put on a show for the jury with his silky smooth arguments (remember 2008? I am being sarcastic). It is very likely that Clemens will go to jail, my guess if for at least 6 months along with some fines. It all comes down to the jury, which no one can predict.

From the Rocket's Twitter:

I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.


Here is the link to the full indictment if you are into that sort of thing.

Here is a breakdown of what and why he was charged with if you are too lazy to read the legal document:

Count 1: Obstruction of Justice:
• Four separate denials that he'd never used HGH or steroids
• Never spoken to Brian McNamee about HGH or steroids
• Denial about his knowledge of HGH
• Two separate denials he'd been injected by McNamee with vitamin B-12
• Two denials he'd been injected by McNamee with lidocaine
• Said needles were lined up in the clubhouse after games, ready for B-12 injections
• Said Yankee teammate Andy Petitte misheard or misremembered Clemens telling teammate in or around 1999 of HGH use
• Said Clemens didn't know McNamee was injecting Clemens' wife
• Said Clemens had "no idea" former Sen. George Mitchell wanted to talk to him for his 2007 report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball
• Said he was not in [Jose Canseco's] house on or about June 9, 1998

Count 2: False statements, HGH
• Based on denial he used HGH

Count 3: False statements, steroids
• Based on denial he used steroids

Count 4: False statements, B12
• Said McNamee injected him with B12

Count 5: Perjury, HGH
• Based on denial he received HGH from McNamee

Count 6: Perjury, steroids
• Based on denial he received steroids from McNamee

Oh and one more thing:


Gets me every time.

Friday, February 22, 2008

I'm Back

I'm back from Puerto Rico, and not much has happened while I was gone. Roger Clemens is getting really annoying, A-Rod exaggerated, thereby giving the media a collective orgasm, Ryan Howard and K-Rod will both make $10 million next year, and Joe Girardi likes what he sees in Sean Henn. Ugghh.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm Not Gonna Talk About Steroids

I will not be covering the Roger Clemens saga, like many other Yankee blogs. I'm not sure if Roger used, and right now, I really don't care. He's probably done playing baseball, so what does it matter? We can't change what has already happened. Why Congress has to get involved, I will never understand, but this whole thing has really become ridiculous.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Pettitte, Knoblauch and Radomski Dropped From Witness List

Congress recently decided not to make accused steroid users/dealers Chuck Knoblauch, Andy Pettitte and Kirk Radomski testify before Congress, because all they would do is distract everyone from the Clemens vs McNamee fight to the death. Presumably, the two will be given their choice of weapon, and the last man standing wins. But seriously, it is believed that Pettitte asked out of testifying because he did not want to implicate Clemens publicly. Regardless, one of these two men is lying to Congress, and hopefully, the truth will come out, and then one of them will likely be tried for perjury.

Friday, February 8, 2008

News and Notes

Random stuff from a slow news day:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

McNamee Meets With Congress

Brian McNamee spoke in front of congress today, and gave evidence that he thought proves Roger Clemens' use of PEDs. He turned over vials, syringes and gauze pads to the feds. Earl Ward, his lawyer, said "This is evidence the government has that we believe will corroborate Brian in every significant way." The vials are said to contain traces of steroids and HGH, and the syringes and gauze pads are said to have Clemens' DNA on them. The syringes and gauze pads are from 2000 and 2001, and McNamee said he kept them because he feared Clemens would deny using steroids in the future. My question is, why did McNamee think that he would need to prove Clemens' use of PEDs? Was he planning on turning him in? This whole Clemens thing is beginning to get a little ridiculous.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Knoblauch Swindled by the Feds

The crafty Chuck Knoblauch was tracked down and by the Feds and will give his deposition on Friday. Andy Pettitte is booked for Wednesday also Roger Clemens will be interviewed on Feb. 5.

In other news The Captain held the fifth annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The golf tournament included 26 foursomes and more than 25 friends and fellow celebrities such as Jorge Posada, Don Zimmer, Tino Martinez, Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Greg Anthony, Allan Houston, Annika Sorenstam, and Natalie Gulbis.

D.J. had this to say

"It means a lot to have so many different people come out and give their support," said Jeter, who took ceremonial putts with each foursome as they made their way through the 17th hole. "It's pretty special to have all these celebrities take the time out of their busy schedules to come out here and show that they care."

Do Clemens' Stats Prove Anything?

Randy Hendricks, Roger Clemens' agent attempted to use his statistics to prove that he did not use steroids. He claims that Clemens' longevity is due to his ability to adjust, not due to steroids. When Clemens was first implicated, I thought that the stronger piece of evidence was that fact that he declined in his last four years in Boston, then had a career revival in Toronto. Plenty of pitchers pitch for a while: Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Curt Schilling, David Wells, etc. Some guys just get lucky. Today, after Randy Hendricks' report came out, I looked a little more closely at the statistics, and now I feel that they may not be so incriminating.

In Clemens' last four years in Boston (1993-96), when he allegedly declined, he really was not that bad. Actually, in two of those years he was downright good. In 1993, he had a 4.46 ERA (104 ERA+). This was his worst of those four years, but there is a logical explanation. In the two years previous to that one, he pitched 271.1 and 246.2 innings respectively. This down year could have been due to fatigue. Another possibility is bad luck. FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) takes the luck out of ERA, and his 1993 FIP was 3.90- not bad at all.

The next year, '94, Rocket posted a 2.85 ERA (177 ERA+ 3.69 FIP). Not a down year.

In 1995, Clemens posted a 4.18 ERA (116 ERA+ 4.29 FIP). Not a very good year, but Clemens made just 23 starts due to injury.

In 1996, Clemens had a good year again, with a 3.63 ERA (139 ERA+ 3.46 FIP). So his last four years in Boston were not bad years at all, though maybe not as good as earlier in his career, but that can be expected of someone who threw so many innings at young age.

It's true that in 1997 and 1998 Clemens was legitimately great in Toronto. He was not overly lucky, he was just dominant. Then his next two years in New York were not great, possibly because of the 499.2 IP in his two years in Toronto. Pitchers generally are not consistent year to year, which is probably a better explanation for Clemens' Boston-Toronto transition than steroids or other PEDs. There is still the issue of his longevity and of Andy Pettitte's admission, but the numbers do not incriminate him. That is not to say that he is not guilty, though.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Roger and Andy Breaking Up?

According to Entertainment Tonight Newsweek Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte's "Guy Love" was never what the media made it out to be. Pettitte was pissed off at the Rocket for the public airing of his taped phone call with accuser Brian McNamee, which accomplished little. This is what a a friend of both said on the condition of anonymity had to say about it

"They were never as close as they were made out to be, they just sort of went along with it in the media, because it was a good story."

Here is a little video I found to commemorate the gayness of these two Texans

Friday, January 18, 2008

Date Set for Clemens Deposition

From ESPN:

WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens was asked by Congress to submit to a deposition or transcribed interview Jan. 26, more than two weeks before the House hearing where the pitcher and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, are to testify.

Letters were sent to Clemens, McNamee and three other people Friday by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis.

The letters ask the witnesses to meet with committee staff on specific dates leading up to the panel's scheduled Feb. 13 hearing.

"The committee asks that you provide testimony about allegations in Senator George Mitchell's report ... that you and other Major League Baseball players used performance-enhancing drugs during your professional baseball career," Waxman and Davis wrote to Clemens.

Not much to say here.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Fan Sues Over Steroid Use

Heres the Story From The Press Association

A long-time baseball fan is suing the New York Yankees over some players' reported use of performance-enhancing drugs, saying he wants repayment for 221 US dollars (£112) in tickets and a public response from his once-beloved team.

"I look at it almost as consumer fraud," said Matthew Mitchell, 30, a Brooklyn resident who said he went to his first game at Yankee Stadium in 1984. "If I'm going to watch a baseball game, then I expect it to be the real thing."

Mr Mitchell wants to be reimbursed for tickets to five games between 2002 and 2007. They include Game 2 of the 2003 World Series, in which pitcher Andy Pettitte led the Yankees to a win.

Mr Mitchell said he filed the lawsuit chiefly because he wanted team representatives "to be forced to come down and answer my claim." A court date is set for February 20.

I was outraged when I saw this headline. Don't get me wrong, I hate steroids just as much as the FDA, and especially when Yankees are convicted, BUT THAT IS NO MEANS TO SUE YOUR FAVORITE TEAM OVER A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS. I am sorry that you had to see me type angry like that. My advice to the Yankees is to put this guy in the back room and send in Shelley Duncan and Cris Britton.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Chuck Knoblauch Has Nothing to Hide

Chuck Knoblauch spoke today for the first time since being named in the Mitchell Report. He said, "I have nothing to defend, I have nothing to hide at the same time." Chuck will appear before Congress next month along with Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, and hopefully will tell them the same thing.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yankees Doc Says: Clemens Didn't Do It

An interesting story from

here it is

By Matt Musil / 11 News Sports

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo started his sports psychology practice in the mid-1980s.

He's counseled many big name athletes since then. He was the Astros team psychologist when Darryl Kile pitched his no-hitter and he worked with the Texans the team’s first four years.

However, from 1996 thru 2002, Pirozzolo was with the Yankees. Moreover, for three seasons he lockered beside Roger Clemens.

“I was with him a lot and I never saw anything illicit take place,” Pirozzolo said.

He said he used to play golf and workout with Clemens. He even took injections of B-12 and painkiller at the same time as him.

But he never saw anything involving steroids.

“Because of our close relationship, I would think he would have shared that with me, like some young players did,” said Pirozzolo. “And I would always tell them no.”

Pirozzolo maintains when Pettitte says he took human growth hormone, he was actually rehabbing at Yankee headquarters in Tampa:

“If he had any idea it was illegal, he wouldn't have done it,” said Pirozzolo. “That guy, he's so straight, he wouldn't even drink Red Bull.”

Pirozzolo says he knew of Brian McNamee when he was with the Yankees, but he never spent much time with him. The two people he did spend a lot of time with were Clemens and Pettitte. He said he developed a great deal of respect for their integrity and their work ethic. It’s a respect that he maintains today.

Now Clemens has at least one person backing him up

A Little Cry Baby

Just thought you guys might like this.....


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Clemens' Hearing Pushed Back

The congressional hearing on Steroids featuring Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and others has been postponed for almost a month. Apparently, it is to give Congress time to collect more evidence. This is pretty insignificant, and the whole Clemens story has been beaten to death, but I felt I should at least mention it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Brian McNamee Loses More Credibility

As if Brian McNamee wasn't a bad enough source already, St. Petersburg, Fl., detectives say they believe McNamee lied to them in a 2001 investigation of a possible rape. This does nothing but help Roger Clemens' cause. Whether he is innocent or guilty is impossible to tell right now, but if this went to court, Clemens would be found innocent because the evidence against him right now is the testimony of one man, and that man is someone who has lied in the past, possibly raped someone. That is not very good evidence. Also, it seems to me that Brian McNamee needs some medical attention. He seems to be in a very bad state right now and needs help. Hopefully all of this will make sense one day and the truth will come out, but it looks like it will be later rather than sooner.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Clemens, McNamee and Mackanin

Last night on 60 minutes, Roger Clemens told Mike Wallace he has never used steroids. He says he will tell the same thing to congress. I still do not believe his is innocent, although I hope that he is. I hope he is telling the truth and will not lie to congress. Whether he juiced or not, he is taking all the right steps to prove his innocence. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty, and Clemens has not even come close to being proven guilty, but that doesn't mean he didn't do it.
What interested me was this on Pete Abraham's blog. After Clemens asked McNamee, "Why would you say I took steroids?" McNamee responded, "What do you want me to do, Roger?" This could mean one of two things. 1)McNamee told the truth about Clemens' steroid use and is upset that he ratted out his friend but was threatened with jail time or 2)McNamee did not tell the truth but made it up to save himself from doing jail time. Whatever it is, he seems to be very upset and obviously regrets making those allegations. Now he will face a lawsuit, but may file a countersuit.

In a completely unrelated story, the Yankees have hired former Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin as a major league scout.

News And Notes

  • Clemens sues McNamee for defamation- Clemens claimed the statements in the Mitchell Report were "untrue and defamatory.
  • Baseball America's Top 10 Yankee Prospects- Heres the List

1. Joba Chamberlain, rhp
2. Austin Jackson, of
3. Jose Tabata, of
4. Ian Kennedy, rhp
5. Alan Horne, rhp
6. Jesus Montero, c
7. Jeff Marquez, rhp
8.Brent Gardener, of
9.Ross Ohlendorf, rhp
10.Andrew Brackman, rhp

There are also some other interesting things at Baseball America Yankee Prospects

  • Clemens Press Conference-Roger Clemens is holding a live press conference on ESPN 2 now live from Check it Out

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Clemens 60 Minutes Interview

Roger Clemens sat down with Mike Wallace today to further deny his steroid use

Here is the link to the video

Clemens 60 Mins

Deny Deny Deny Roger. At least come up with a better defense which was: Trust Me I am Roger Clemens. Roger said he would tell congress the same thing he told Mike Wallace. He went on to say that he would "probably "(how many times have we heard that) retire.

Like most people I believe that Roger Clemens did take steroids and he is swimming in deep water. Lying on 60 minutes is nothing but when you lie in front of congress you are deep trouble Lil Kim style.

My favorite quote was: "Its hogwash for people to even assume this"

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Why Can't They Just Leave Chuck Knoblauch Alone?

The witch hunt continues: First MLB went after Chuck Knoblauch, now it's Congress. Knoblauch has been called to testify before Congress, regarding his inclusion in the Mitchell Report. Other less significant players also asked to testify are Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, along with Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski. Why is everyone so jealous of Chuck's raw skill? MLB and Congress just need to accept the fact that certain people (like Chuck and Joba) are naturally gifted and do not need steroids.

As an aside, Shane Spencer has been named hitting coach of the Padres A-ball affiliate.