The jury came back today after four and a half years and millions in tax payer dollars with a "not guilty" verdict on all six counts that Roger Clemens never lied about using performance enhancing drugs. Maybe the jury "misremembered" their duty to convict a perjuror.
I know some of you will rail me against me for coming to my own conclusion on this matter. Especially my friends in the legal field. Afterall, everyone is entitled to a fair trial. I get it. But when you consider all the evidence we saw in the court room, and then on the ball field with Clemens' obvious 'roid rage, can anyone seriously doubt he lied to protect his shot at making the Hall of Fame, not to mention his legacy?
His legal staff did their job. They discredited witnesses and left jurors with that "shadow" of a doubt. Well, everything has a shadow of doubt. Heck, someone can confess to a crime and the shadow of a doubt would be that maybe they lied about it. Clemens spent millions of dollars on his defense. I hope he is not dumb enough to believe this opens the door to his entry into the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately for him, he will join the likes of Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmiero, and Jeff Bagwell as players who had HOF worthy careers, but whose numbers are assumed to have been gained with the help of performance enhancing drugs.
What is tragic about Roger is what is also tragic about Barry Bonds. From what we can tell based on when they allegedly began using PEDS, they were both HOF worthy before they starting use them.
Personally, I have nothing against Clemens. I first met him in the spring of 1986 at Fenway Park. I was a 20 year old kid working for WERS, a commercial-free Boston radio station, and Clemens was a 22 year old kid about 90 minutes away from pitching a major league baseball game. I made the rookie mistake of interviewing a pitcher on the day of his start. But there we were, sitting in the Boston dugout, a seemingly shy Roger Clemens answering my questions into a tape recorder. A week or so later, Clemens struck out 20 Seattle Mariners in a game and his rocket to stardom had begun.
So I had tremendous admiration for Clemens. He was a good guy. Probably still is a good guy. Good people sometimes do bad things. Perjury is one of those bad things.
Two weeks ago, John Edwards was acquitted on one count and mistrialed on five others for allegedly using campaign funds to hide the fact he had sired a daughter with his mistress while his wife was dying of cancer. Again, with convincing testimony and evidence against him, he walked.
Seventeen years ago, it was OJ getting away with murder.
Is justice only for those who can't afford a strong defense?
Or better yet, are rich celebrities treated differently than the rest of us?
Remember when all this started with the congressional hearings. It was televised on C-Span. The democrats and republicans took sides, even on this issue, which is pathetic. The dems were after Clemens hard. Maybe because he was from Texas. The repubs were treating him like a rock star...some even getting his autograph. Can't get that out of my head. Both the government and the judicial system in this country have seen better days.