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Perjury…not guilty. Obstruction of congress…not guilty. Making false statements…not guilty.
After hearing 10 weeks of testimony, it took jurors only 10 hours to decide the fate of Roger Clemens. The former star pitcher was acquitted of all charges. Thus ends a saga that has engulfed the 49-year-old’s life.
But one can’t help but to wonder what implications this verdict will have in the larger scheme of things.
The verdict is in: Guilty. Guilty of obstruction of justice. The jury was hung on all of the perjury charges and a mistrial was declared. The government can choose to re-file the charges, but I ask what’s the point? The government case was weak, filled mainly with hearsay, without much real evidence. They should feel fortunate they got a conviction on any of the charges. A conviction, which may get dismissed by the judge. If I were them, I would put the money they would spend on another trial to better use. I now ask, will this finally bring an end to the government’s steroid witch-hunt?My answer would probably have to be no. Roger Clemens is set to begin trial this summer, and the saga tarnishing baseball’s legacy will drag on further. The fact of the matter is: the MLB did not adopt a steroid policy until 2002. This policy was a joke, as it let the players remain anonymous and receive treatment instead of receiving suspensions. If you want to get technical, a real policy was not adopted until before the 2005 season. If players weren’t truly being held accountable before the 2005 season, then they shouldn’t be held accountable now for things they did prior to 2005.