Athletes are role models, period, despite what Charles Barkley has said in the past. They live seemingly impossible lives, sometimes right in front of us, that help the average person cope with the stress of everyday living. They play sports that catch and captivate us as kids to such a point that we want to be them, if only for a moment. So, when life shows us that these men and women are just like everyone else, we can't help but be like deer stuck in the headlights with every ounce of coverage concerning whatever it was that humanizes these stars.
Such is the case with Roger Clemens.
Roger Clemens was one of the greatest pitchers to ever throw a baseball. He was a dominant player on dominant teams and demanded to be in the spotlight when times were toughest, which is usually when he was at his best. He has an arrogance about him born of his superiority in his sport, an arrogance that fueled his greatness.
Now it's an arrogance that is fueling his undoing.
Back in 2008, Roger Clemens took the stand before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigating drug use in baseball to defend himself against accusations that he willingly took steroids. He didn't have to do it, he chose to do it, and while on that stand, he testified that he never used performance enhancing drugs.
"Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or HGH" Clemens said.
But his former friend and trainer, Brian McNamee, said that he did. Also, his former friend and teammate, Andy Pettitte, said that he did.
In the end, Congress came down on the side of McNamee and with their belief of him, that naturally extended to their disbelief of Clemens. Which, in turn, means that in their eyes Clemens committed perjury when he willing took the stand and stated that he never used PED's.
Which is a BIG no-no.
Back in 2010, the United States Attorney's Office launched a probe into whether they had enough evidence to take Clemens to trial for perjury and obstruction of Congress. On Aug. 19, 2010, a federal grand jury returned an indictment saying they felt that Clemens did do what he was accused of and that a trial must be had.
Fast forward to July 6th, 2011, and we are at day 1 of that verdict, jury selection.
With his reputation, his place in baseball history, hell, even his very freedom in question, Clemens is set to begin the most defining chapter of his life and no slider or fastball will help him now. If convicted on all of the counts, Clemens faces a combined maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, though attorneys said a maximum sentence of three to six months in prison would be more likely.
Stay tuned to CraveOnline for key updates in what could be the major sporting event of 2011.
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