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- Roger Clemens
- Perjury, False Statements and Obstructing Congress
- Mistrial and Acquittal at Second Trial
The arrest of Roger Clemens:
He was one of the truly dominating pitchers of his era, and in all of baseball history. Roger Clemens was a strikeout artist who notched 4,672 of them - third on baseball's all-time list. He also won seven Cy Young Awards playing for four different organizations…
…and was an eleven time All-Star and two time World Series champion.
Impressive stats, indeed. However, he could be very controversial. In one of those World Series, in 2000, he authored this controversial play, when he threw a broken bat at New York Mets' catcher Mike Piazza.
Just like Barry Bonds, who excelled in the game's slugging statistics; don't expect to find Roger Clemens in the baseball Hall of Fame. Because like Bonds, Clemens was caught up in baseball's Doping Scandal. Clemens was accused of using anabolic steroids, which are performance enhancing drugs.
Ironically, the accusations came near the end of his stellar career, basically on the testimony of his former trainer, Brian McNamee.
Clemens problems deepened when he emphatically denied the charges under oath before Congress.
That led to a perjury investigation by the justice department and the Rocket was indicted in August, 2010 by a federal grand jury in Washington D.C on six counts, including perjury, false statements and obstructing Congress.
Clemens pleaded not guilty, and because of prosecutorial misconduct, a mistrial was declared.
At his second trial, on June 18, 2012, Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress.
Despite his dazzling stats, he still has no hall of Fame plaque.
He also has another stigma attached to his name.
In April, 2008, Clemens was named in a New York Daily News article as having a long term relationship with country music singer Mindy McCready, which started when she was 15. She admitted the affair but said it began years later and that he refused to divorce his wife to marry her. McCready later committed suicide at the age of 37.