Pitching Ace Roger Clemens Facing Imminent Perjury Indictement Over Banned Substances Testimony
August 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Multiple Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens is facing a federal perjury indictment in the twilight of his career. Nicknamed the “Rocket” for his powerful right arm that threw more than 4,000 strikeouts, during his long Major League Baseball career, Clemens is expected to be charged, as early as today, with multiple perjury counts stemming from his Congressional testimony on February 13, 2008, wherein he denied under oath that he used performance-enhancing drugs and denied other allegations leveled against him by former teammates José Canseco, Andy Pettitte and former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee. The Congressional panel referred Clemens’ testimony to the Department of Justice, citing seven inconsistencies in his statements. Now, the DOJ appears to be ready to hand down an indictment, according to a report by The New York Times.
The Times reports the indictment is expected to be announced very soon.
A Federal Grand Jury was convened soon after Clemens’ Congressional testimony and has been taking testimony from many of Clemens’ former teammates.
“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.”
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