Roger Clemens’ trial is finally over, and he can hold his head a little higher today after being acquitted of all charges. This whole debacle has been going on for five years, and everyone thought it would be finally be over last year. However, prosecutors for the previous case showed the jury part of some film evidence that had already been deemed inadmissible as evidence in court. One year later, Roger Clemens is a free man.
Clemens stated publicly that being acquitted of these charges does not remove the damage that has been done to his family name. Even after being cleared in a court of law, Clemens admitted that his name will forever be associated with the doping scandal that he was involved in.
Two of the people who testified for the prosecution were very close to Clemens during his Career. Andy Pettitte, a fellow Astros teammate, as well as his strength coach, Brian McNamee both gave testaments for the prosecution that would raise doubt regarding Clemens’ innocence to the jury.
Pettitte told the jury that he recalled a conversation with Clemens in 2000 when he spoke about injecting himself with HGH, an illegal performance enhancing drug. However, Pettitte then told the jury that there was a 50/50 chance that he’d misheard Clemens.
Brian McNamee told the jury that he injected Clemens with performance enhancing drugs several times during the latter part of his career. However, McNamee’s reputation is not the best and Clemens’ attorneys successfully expressed this to the jury. McNamee claimed that there was a Miller Lite can inside a UPS box that had a needle in it. He told the court that the needle he used to inject Clemens was inside this can. Although there was some DNA evidence in the can of Clemens, as well as HGH, Clemens’ Houston attorney Rusty Hardin managed to convince the jurors that the evidence had been tampered with.
Doping allegations will no doubt haunt Roger Clemens and his family forever. Regardless of his acquittal, his reputation and family name will remain synonymous with baseball doping scandals. Hopefully this acquittal will not increase athletes’ willingness to take performance enhancing drugs, because children look to them as role models. Roger Clemens and his family have fought for his innocence for five years, and can now relax and enjoy live away from court. We wish Roger Clemens and his family the best of luck, and congratulate you for your victory in court today.