Roger Clemens Accuses Senator Mitchell of Being Paid Nearly $40 Million

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

Former baseball player Roger Clemens leaves federal court in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The former Yankees pitcher wants a judge to stay an order that he share documents with his accuser in a defamation case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Not only does Roger Clemens deny use of performance-enhancing drugs, he believes the senator who accused him was involved in bribery. 

The pitcher, who among many other baseball players of his era was named in the Mitchell Report, called out Senator George Mitchell on Undeniable with Joe Buck.

"I'd like to find out if [Congressman Henry] Waxman had a referral fee from Mitchell," Clemens said, via Matt Snyder of CBS Sports. "I think Mitchell got paid, before my name got put in there, I think he got paid close to $40 million."

Waxman was chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in 2008 and called for the congressional hearing. Mitchell listed Clemens as a PED user after interviews with both Jose Canseco and trainer Brian McNamee.

"It's shameful, what (Senator George) Mitchell did," Clemens explained. "I passed every test, I opened up my life to them. I told him, 'come check whatever you want.' They spent a lot of our taxpayer dollars. We did it the right way, we wanted to deal with facts and we dealt with facts."

Clemens was undoubtedly one of the top pitchers of his era with seven Cy Young awards, one MVP and two World Series titles to his name. Despite the success, he and fellow Mitchell Report player Barry Bonds have yet to be selected to the Hall of Fame.

He earned 54.1 percent of the vote in his fifth year on the ballot, still short of the 75 percent needed for inclusion.

 

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