Roger Clemens was indicted Thursday on five counts of possible false statements and perjury. That Roger Clemens was indicted might not be a surprise to anyone close to this case doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking to many around the world of baseball. Clemens faces some serious jail time now, stemming from his appearance in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform back in 2008. He is facing these indictments because the House didn’t find his statements to be truthful, and the statements of other witnesses are in stark contrast to what Clemens had to say. Now it seems that the testimony he gave could lead to some serious consequences.
According to the New York Times, Clemens faces six indictments that came in a 19-page summation of the charges against him. Clemens was indicted on one count of obstruction, two counts of perjury, and three counts of making false statements with his February 2008 testimony. They also reported that Clemens faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, but isn’t likely to face punishment that severe should he be convicted on all counts.
When Clemens went in front of the House Committee for his chance to testify, he did it only at his own request. He would have been allowed to give a statement off-camera, but requested that he be able to testify in the open and in front of the cameras. In the hearing, he was extremely defiant to the accusations leveled against him, and that has been his stance from the first day that he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. When he stated that he had never used PEDs, yet several witnesses claimed that he had, he might have angered many on the House Committee.
Clemens was first linked to performance-enhancing drugs when the Mitchell report came out, and his alleged supplier (Brian McNamee) made several statements about Clemens using these illegal drugs. This is the same man who provided them to teammate Andy Pettitte, who actually admitted to using the drugs when he was called out for it. Many feel that, if Clemens had simply admitted to using the drugs, the House Committee wouldn’t be pushing for these charges.
Clemens still maintains his innocence, though, and he will now have to prove that to the courts very soon. It might be a tough sell now, though, because so many other players have lied about PED and steroid use, only to later on admit to those lies.