Roger Clemens To Be Indicted for Perjury

Chris Murphy@@SeeMurphsTweetsAnalyst IAugust 19, 2010

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 13: Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens (R), Charlie Scheeler, investigator on former Sen. George Mitchell's staff (C) and and former Major League Baseball strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee (L) raise their right hands as they are sworn in to testify about allegations of steroid use by professional ball palyers before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill Feburary 13, 2008 in Washington, DC. The 'Mitchell Report' named several former and current major league baseball players, including Clemens, who are accused of using steriods or other performance-enhancing drugs.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The New York Times said Thursday that Roger Clemens, one of the best pitchers of all time, will be indicted on charges of making false statements to the U.S. Congress during the investigation involving steroids.

Two people briefed on the matter said the charges came from testimonies that Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee had given under oath to a panel at the House of Representatives. They had contradicted each other on whether Clemens used banned substances. 

Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.

You can lie to your family, friends, fans, baseball, and the world, Roger, but you can't lie under oath in a court of law. You are not above those rules.

Is not getting into the Hall of Fame worth going to jail?

Beginning his career in 1984, Clemens finished with a 354-184 record while becoming one of only four pitchers to have 4,000 strikeouts.

No pitcher has won the Cy Young more than Clemens (seven). He was also on 11 All-Star teams.

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Clemens spent 13 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, two seasons with the  Toronto Blue Jays, where he won the pitcher's Triple Crown (wins, ERA, strikeouts) in 1997 and 1998, and was then traded to the New York Yankees in 1999, where he won his first and only World Series.

Clemens then spent 2004-2006 with the Houston Astros and 2007 again with the Yankees.

In his last regular season outing, he allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. In that same year, Clemens threw his last pitch ever against the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS, striking out Victor Martinez.