Roger Clemens

Steroid Scandal and Perjury Allegations

Initial Question

How did the U.S Justice Department fail to convict Roger Clemens of first, taking steroids, then committing perjury, when there was suppose to be so much evidence against the pitcher and seven-time Cy Young Award winner?

Thesis Statement

The attorneys appointed by the U.S Justice Department who were responsible for ensuring the conviction of Roger Clemens for steroid use and perjury, failed to do so because of false and unreliable evidence which ultimately resulted in a mistrial.

Roger Clemens: Background

- born August 4th 1962, in Dayton Ohio

- attended The University of Texas and won a National Championship

- played 24 seasons in the Major Leagues for 4 different teams

- eleven time All-Star

- won two world series

- won seven Cy Young Awards

Evidence Against Clemens

- A 409-page report by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell accuses Clemens, along with 76 other current or former baseball players including Barry Bonds, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada, of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Ex-trainer Brian McNamee said in the Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs 16 times between 1998 and 2001.

- New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte admits to using human growth hormone to help overcome an elbow injury in 2002, confirming, in part, the Mitchell Report testimony from personal trainer Brian McNamee, who said he had administered performance-enhancing drugs to both Pettitte and former teammate Clemens.

- Ex-trainer Brian McNamee told congressional investigators he injected Clemens's wife, Debbie, with human growth hormones.

- Clemens says sorry for his 'mistakes' (not specifying what his mistakes were/affair)

- McNamee's attorneys have said their client gave federal investigators syringes, gauze pads and other items that he claimed he used to inject Clemens. He stored the items in a FedEx box in his basement.

Key Points About the Trial

- Clemens tells "60 Minutes" interviewer Mike Wallace that his former trainer, Brian McNamee, injected him with vitamin B-12 and the painkiller lidocaine, but Clemens repeated previous assertions that he has never used steroids or human growth hormones.

- During a contentious congressional hearing, Clemens repeatedly denies the charges that he used steroids and human growth hormones.

- Congress asks the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into whether Clemens lied under oath during his testimony.

- At the same time former San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds is set to go on trial March 2 for statements he made to a grand jury in 2003 (found guilty).

- Former slugger Jose Canseco said he told a federal grand jury in Washington that he had never seen Clemens use steroids, maintaining the support he's shown for the former ace since 2008.

- The indictment charges Clemens, 48, with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements -- including denials that he used steroids or human growth hormone -- and two counts of perjury in connection with his February 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


- Federal prosecutors quickly sought to establish Clemens, an 11-time All Star, as a cheater who took steroids and Human Growth Hormone to recover from injuries and lengthen his career, then lied about it. Defense lawyers called Clemens one of baseball’s hardest-working pitchers, a fireball-throwing right-hander who never used performance-enhancing drugs — and, therefore, never lied about it.

- U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton declared a mistrial after prosecutors committed the basic error of presenting barred evidence to the jury.

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