San Francisco (Obama.net)- Major League Baseball has been going strong for over one hundred years in the United States of America. The sport has been a part of countless controversies. Issues in MLB history range from gambling, such as the 1919 Chicago Black Sox, racism, exemplified by the exclusion of African American players until 1947, and most recently drugs, as evidenced by the Steroid Era of the last quarter century.
While many players did in fact use performance enhancing drugs in the sport, most of those players were big hitters like Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. However, due to the healing powers and career-lengthening power of steroids, other players also used the drugs. Roger Clemens is one of those men.
This past decade, the United States Congress led an investigation into steroids and baseball. Hundreds of players were caught who bought, use, or dealt the performance enhancing drugs. Many of the men who were caught either admitted to their actions or chose to exercise their Constitutional right to remain silent and not incriminate themselves.
But a select few tried to lie. Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens each claimed to be innocent.
Thursday, Clemens was indicted on six charges stemming from his false testimony and perjury in 2008 in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The federal grand jury that indicted Clemens concluded that there was enough evidence to prove that the man who won the Cy Young Award 7 times in his 24 year long career lied in 2008 and did in fact use steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.
Maintaining his innocence on Twitter, Clemens made it clear when he said, “I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress.”
The man who won an amazing total of 354 games in his career is now facing a potential thirty years in jail and one and a half million dollars in fines. Each count against him can get him five years in prison.
Clemens has maintained his innocence over the last couple of years and in time, the court system of the United States will decide whether or not he truly is.