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Thursday 19, Jul 2012

  Roger Clemens Verdict – The Needle And The Damage Done

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Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, William @Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed “The Rocket” and popularly known as Roger Clemens, was recently acquitted from all charges against him. The baseball player was facing one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury.

Born on August 4, 1962 in Dayton (Ohio), Roger Clemens was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1983 amateur draft. He made his Major League Baseball debut on May 15, 1984 and won seven Cy Young Awards (he won the AL award in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 2001, and the National League award in 2004), an MVP and two pitching triple crowns. The baseball player also won The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986. He got his 1,000th strikeout as a Yankee on August 18, 2007 and is only the 9th player in MLB history to record 1,000 or more strikeouts with two different teams.

The verdict may have allowed Clemens to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history, but the verdict was a clear blow to the legal pursuit by the government of athletes accused of illicit drug use. Moreover, the clean chit given to Clemens also raised questions on the purpose, credibility and execution of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball that mentioned his name 82 times. In the report, former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee stated that he injected Roger Clemens with Winstrol (stanozolol) during the 1998, 2000, and 2001 baseball seasons.

60 Minutes Does a hit piece on Roger Clemens

The verdict also brought an end to the testifying of convicted drug dealer Kirk Radomski that he supplied human growth hormone to McNamee for a starting pitcher and even sent a shipment to house of Clemens. Radomski however had no ideas whether or not the HGH was specifically used on Roger Clemens. Debbie Clemens, Clemens’s wife, admitted that she received a human growth hormone injection from McNamee though the versions of both (Clemens and McNamee) differ over when the injection was administered and whether or not Roger Clemens was present at the time of HGH administration. The verdict also suggested that steroids actually work and they can be extremely beneficial to obliterate home run records or win gold medals.

It also indicates that steroid users are more likely to succeed and can still come out clean and sportsmen who do not take anabolic steroids would always find it difficult to compete against them.

The charges that Roger Clemens may have used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone during a career spanning 24 decades and producing 354 victories have been brought down by the verdict, but many still feel that he was not as clean as portrayed.

Thursday 05, Jul 2012

  Retired baseball legend acquitted of all charges

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Major League Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens was acquitted by a jury of all six criminal counts against him in a trial on charges that he lied to Congress when he denied making the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, was charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making a false statement and two counts of perjury.

The current trial featured 46 witnesses over 26 days of testimony, including one-time teammates, scientific experts and central figure Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer, who said he injected Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone between 1998 and 2001.

Clemens, known as “The Rocket” played for four teams over a 24-year career and won 354 regular season games besides being a seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award for best pitcher.

Friday 08, Jun 2012

  Request for blocking trial statements challenged by former slugger

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Roger Clemens, former Major League Baseball pitcher, has challenged a U.S. request to block his defense team from making certain comments to jurors in opening statements at his retrial on perjury charges.

“The government should not be afforded this second bite of the apple to parse Mr. Clemens’s opening statement from the safe refuge of their offices after they caused a mistrial,” Rusty Hardin, a lawyer for Clemens, said in the filing.

“At defendant’s first trial, defendant presented an opening statement containing an appeal that the jurors put themselves in defendant’s shoes,” prosecutors said on March 19. “This type of argument is inappropriate and should be precluded because it invites jurors to decide the case based on bias, personal interests, and prejudice instead of the evidence and the law.”

Saturday 02, Jun 2012

  DNA expert links needle to Clemens

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A DNA expert in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens has testified that he has matched the genetic profile of Clemens to articles of medical waste kept by Brian McNamee who claims he injected Clemens with performance enhancing drugs.

“This genetic profile is compatible with Mr. Clemens,” Alan Keel, a DNA expert for Forensic Science Associates in California and a prosecution witness, said referring to DNA found on the needle.

Keel said he had found a small number of cells on a needle that also matched Clemens.

Thursday 31, May 2012

  Key prosecution witness says Clemens asked for steroid shots

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A key prosecution witness in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens said recently that he started offering “bootie shots” of anabolic steroids to the former baseball star at his request early in the 1998 season.

Brian McNamee said he first injected Clemens with drugs in his apartment suite at the Toronto Blue Jays‘ Skydome stadium.

“‘Wow, that was really easy,’” he quoted Clemens as saying. “And then just pleasantries … I don’t think we saw each other that night. And that was the first time I injected Roger Clemens.”

Monday 28, May 2012

  Astros team doctor testifies in Clemens perjury trial

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The team doctor of the Houston Astros told jurors in testimony that pitching great Roger Clemens showed no physical signs of using anabolic steroids or human growth hormone during his stint with the club.

However, Houston orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Lintner offered testimony that may improve content of the prosecutors that the baseball player lied to Congress about using performance enhancing drugs.

The Yankees did not make B-12 shots available to players or authorize injections by non-medical personnel, New York Yankees‘ general manager Brian Cashman testified.

Saturday 26, May 2012

  Understated Clemens’ drug case admitted by former trainer

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The former trainer of Roger Clemens, Brian McNamee, while testifying in a perjury trial involving the pitcher said he understated the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs by the baseball star for protecting the player.

The former trainer said he underplayed the alleged use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone by Clemens when he first met with agents in June 2007 in New York.

“It was basically to know that Roger knew I wasn’t going to rat him out and had his back … I gave up my whole life to Roger Clemens,” McNamee said when asked why he decided to deceive the agent.

Saturday 26, May 2012

  Jury hears of alleged HGH use

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The government’s only eyewitness to Roger Clemens‘s alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, Brian McNamee, was allowed to name other former teammates of New York Yankees who allegedly used human growth hormone.

Testifying for a sixth day in the perjury trial of Clemens, McNamee, told jurors that he offered HGH to Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch while helping Mike Stanton to obtain the drug.

“You cannot infer Mr. Clemens is guilty merely because he said other ballplayers used these substances and he provided these substances to them,” Walton told the jury.

Friday 11, May 2012

  Steroid users may find place in Baseball Hall of Fame

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If recent reports are to be believed, the Baseball Hall of Fame will very soon feature some of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the game who were using or accused of using steroids.

The admission of these players seemed inevitable from the start as ignoring the most dominant pitchers like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would have left the Hall of Fame almost empty and meaningless.

Bonds and Clemens were two players who brought baseball back into the national forefront in 1990s that was far more impressive than their career home run totals.

Monday 16, Apr 2012

  Clemens challenges request to block trial statements

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens has challenged a U.S. request for blocking his defense team from making certain comments to jurors in opening statements at his retrial on perjury charges.

“The government should not be afforded this second bite of the apple to parse Mr. Clemens’s opening statement from the safe refuge of their offices after they caused a mistrial,” Rusty Hardin, a lawyer for Clemens, said in the filing.

“At defendant’s first trial, defendant presented an opening statement containing an appeal that the jurors put themselves in defendant’s shoes,” prosecutors said on March 19. “This type of argument is inappropriate and should be precluded because it invites jurors to decide the case based on bias, personal interests, and prejudice instead of the evidence and the law.”

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