Roger Clemens: Trading Yankee Pinstripes for a Prison Jumpsuit?

John LewisSenior Writer IFebruary 28, 2008

According to reports, the FBI has officially opened an investigation as to whether Roger Clemens told the truth to the House Oversight Committee. 

FBI agents in Washington opened the case a little more than two weeks after both Clemens and McNamee appeared at the same House hearing on Feb. 13, each accusing the other of lying. Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, confirmed the inquiry had begun.

So if Roger is found guilty of perjury, could he be trading Yankee pinstripes for prison pinstripes? 

We'll have to see what the Feds come up with, but one thing's for sure, Rusty Hardin, Roger's lawyer, is making things worse.  Hardin, whose mouth is as big as Texas, told reporters that this investigation was no big deal and that he welcomed this opportunity to prove Roger's innocence.

If I were Roger, I would be a little nervous because of the conviction of athletes like Marion Jones, who like Roger went on the defensive. 

But what Hardin should've been suggesting to Roger, is how to mirror Jason Giambi and the wiggle job that got him off the hot seat.  As most of you remember, Giambi said he was sorry, not mentioning steroids, but just that he was sorry.

Giambi was able to come back and play without fear of any suspension or legal action.  Roger, on the other hand has painted himself in the proverbial corner.  So, it's certainly possible the best of all time could be doing hard time. 

I've got an idea, McNamee should put the needles and beer cans on E-Bay—who wouldn't want to pay for a piece of Roger's butt?