Roger Clemens: MLB Legend Speaks out About Acquittal

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18:  Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens becomes emotional while talking to the news media after he was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction outside the Prettyman U.S. Court House June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher's original trial in 2011 was declared a mistrial after the judge said the prosecution presented inadmissible testimony that prejudiced the jury. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens is on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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After being acquitted of all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs, Roger Clemens came out on Wednesday and spoke his mind to Sports Radio 610 in Houston.

Clemens, who faced six total counts, had been fighting accusations that he used PEDs since the infamous Mitchell Report came out five years ago.

He told Sports Radio 610 in Houston on Wednesday, via SportsRadioInterviews.com:

"We tried to do everything the government asked for. We opened up our arms, our house, everything they wanted. They went around the world looking for people to tie me to. They came up with one guy who painted himself as my personal trainer."

Brian McNamee is the personal trainer Clemens is speaking of. McNamee once was his strength coach, and he was the government's star witness, the only person to testify that he witnessed the 23-year veteran inject PEDs.

Clemens said that McNamee turned on him, and he didn't know why:

"When you open up your house to people, you never think that behind the scenes someone is planning or plotting something against you because they are either jealous of you or have an ax to grind."

Public opinion is still split on Clemens. He was a seven-time Cy Young award winner, 11-time All-Star and two-time world champion with the New York Yankees. On the other hand, if he did PEDs, as the Mitchell Report claims, then you have to wonder how much of that success was aided by an illegal substance.

There is also the fact that, even if Clemens did use PEDs, it's become more and more apparent that many ballplayers used them. Should he be targeted just because he was more successful?

To dismiss all of Clemens' accomplishments throughout the years is not fair. Then again, he will always have a cloud hanging over him because of the allegations, whether they are true or not. His career will never be looked at the same as it was before the Mitchell Report.

 

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