Early Drama Sparks Interest in Roger Clemens Perjury Trial

| by Alex Groberman

Move aside Barry Bonds, the government now has a new target in their crosshairs.

Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco and Jorge Posada were players once recognized as baseball’s elite, perhaps even stars beyond reproach. Their names being collectively listed in one place could only be the result of a baseball hall-of-fame discussion or an all-time greats debate. Now, they and more than 100 others are listed as possible witnesses in Clemens’ perjury trial which kicked off on Wednesday in federal court.

The once-beloved Clemens arrived on the first day of trial before 9:00 a.m. much to the delight of countless television crews and cameras. He, his wife and lawyers attempted to avoid making any comments as they made their way into the building, and just by the look on Clemens’ face, it was clear that the reality of the situation had finally sunken in.

Jury selection ended up getting delayed as a debate broke out regarding a previously-recorded audio tape of Clemens’ deposition, a last-minute issue that provided some early drama for a trial that promises to be anything but dull.

Check out the specifics of the trial in more detail via the Associated Press video below.