This is just one of those things we don’t get for a variety of reasons, and we’ll get into why. According to the New York Times, Roger Clemens has been indicted by a federal jury on charges that he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Here are the two big reasons why we think this is moronic on Clemens’ part. First of all, using PED’s won’t get you in any serious trouble with the law. It will tarnish your reputation in sports, but you won’t be doing hard time. Just look around at all the people that have admitted to it. They are still free and walking amongst us. Not a huge deal in legal terms.
So, by fighting this, you are now putting yourself in position to lie to the federal government. Now, you are in serious trouble. In doesn’t matter what you lie to the Feds about, the fact that you lied gets you big time problems. You’ve been indicted by the federal government, and their conversion rate is insane. You, sir, are in trouble.
But, the second reason is just look at how the fans and media treat the guys that admit it, apologize and move on. They are forgotten within a week. It’s done, it’s over, and no one really dwells on it. But denying, denying, denying, you keep your name out there and make yourself look like a horse’s ass. You could have gone the Andy Pettitte route, but you had to be a hard ass. Job well done.
Clemens is now charged with three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress. Awesome!
“Our government cannot function if witnesses are not held accountable for false statements made before Congress,” said Ronald C. Machen Jr., the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. “Today the message is clear: if a witness makes a choice to ignore his or her obligation to testify honestly, there will be consequences.”
Clemens is technically facing up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. But, according to the Times, he’s looking more likely at 15-21 months in prison if convicted, and even less time if he reaches a plea agreement.
Had he just said, “yea, I did it, I’m sorry,” he’d currently be facing no time.