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.
Roger Clemens has been acquitted of charges that he lied to a bunch of liars.— @BarkingCarnival (@BarkingCarnival) June 18, 2012