Roger Clemens Found Not Guilty on All Counts

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 30: Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens (L) walks out of the U.S. District Court after his arraignment on August 30 2010 in Washington DC. Clemens who plead not-guilty was charged with making false statements perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified in a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee on his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


After a 10-week trial the jury took just over 10 hours to find Roger Clemens not guilty on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress. Clemens had repeatedly denied using steroids and human growth hormones during his 24-year major league career that produced 354 wins and a record seven Cy Young Awards.

Clemens walked out of the federal courthouse a free man, but his reputation continues to darken his chances of making the Hall of Fame. Clemens becomes eligible for the HOF next year and his 4,672 career strikouts along with his seven Cy Youngs should make him a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Meanwhile the Feds continue to stumble along with their steroid investigations and prosecutions. Barry Bonds was the target of a seven-year investigation for steroids and it produced a guilty verdict on a lone count of obstruction of justice and probation.

The government gave up on its two-year investigation into possible drug use by Lance Armstrong, but the U.S. Anti Doping Agency filed formal accusations last week that could strip the seven-time Tour de France winner of his medals.

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