So sayeth the Old Grey Lady…
Federal authorities have decided to indict Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The indictment comes nearly two and half years after Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee testified under oath at a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, directly contradicting each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.
I’m no lawyer, but I’ve heard that perjury is a very tough case to prove, so I’d be curious just how far this goes.
Regardless, we can all say that Congress has better things to do (and they do), but the real takeaway here is this: It is never the crime that kills you, it is the cover up.
Andy Pettitte and Clemens were both essentially in the same spot – fingered by the Mitchell Report as possible PED-users. Pettitte stood up apologized and told his story. Clemens stood up and pointed the finger at everyone else, took it to court and stomped around daring the world to prove it.
In their obituaries, PEDs might figure in the fourth or fifth paragraph of Pettitte’s, but its likely to be the first line in Rocket’s as a result.
Update: Below for all you legal eagles is the indictment. It would appear that “Strength Coach #1″ is McNamee, “Player #1″ is Jose Canseco and Andy Pettitte is referred to in the indictment as “a former Yankees teammate” who “misheard or misremembered.”