Feds Shoot Down Rocket: Roger Clemens Indicted for Lying to Congress

Baseball’s “steroid era” continues, despite Major League Baseball’s best efforts to bury it in the past.

Now comes word that one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Roger Clemens, has been indicted by a federal grand jury (that just sounds impressive, doesn’t it?) on charges that he lied before congress when he told them back in 2008 that he had never used steroids. Oops. Sounds like someone doesn’t believe him, and that same someone are the folks who take down dictators in foreign countries. Or put you in jail for missing a decimal point on your 1040.

The video below from Clemen’s testimony from February 13, 2008 reminds all of us about the beginning of the end of The Rocket’s reputation.

A federal grand jury in Washington indicted former baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens on Thursday for lying to Congress, in a legal deposition and in congressional testimony when he repeatedly denied under oath that he ever used anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

According to the indictment, which includes one count of obstruction of Congress, two counts of perjury, and three counts of making false statements, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner “well knew” that he was trying to hide the truth from a House oversight committee in 2008 when he said, “Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or HGH” – which is human growth hormone, another banned drug.

If convicted, the onetime pitching star for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.