Throwing The Book At Clemens Print E-mail
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
As mounting evidence and allegations continue to incriminate many of baseball’s greatest sluggers, we must keep in mind that the reputations of several pitching greats have been impugned, as well.

 

Does that mean there has been a level playing field when it comes to both hitters and pitchers juicing? That question certainly can be debated.

Arguably the most dominating pitcher of the past several decades was Roger Clemens, whose alleged alignment with performance-enhancing drugs shocked a sporting nation.

Clemens appeared on ESPN Radio this week to repeat denials that former trainer Brian McNamee injected him with performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens’ appearance on the show coincided with the release of a damaging book.

"American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime" was written by four reporters from the New York Daily News. The book concludes that Clemens had lied last year in a deposition and at the congressional hearing.

"It's piling on," Clemens said of the book. "It's hurtful at times, but I'm moving on.

McNamee's attorney Richard Emery says Clemens' latest comments are further damaging to his claims of innocence.

"The only thing new is [Clemens'] tactic of actually speaking publicly, which I think is going to be like poking a stick in the federal government's eye and Congress' eye because he is basically saying he didn't lie to Congress when it is perfectly obvious that he did," Emery told the Associated Press. "I think it is going to speed up and energize the prosecution."

This latest predicament could be more dauntinging for Clemens than getting out of a bases-loaded jam.






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