Update: Roger Clemens indicted for lying to Congress
UPDATE: In an indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday afternoon, Roger Clemens was charged with one count of obstruction of the U.S. Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted of all charges. The indictment referred to 15 statements that Clemens made under oath, including denials that he had ever used steroids or human growth hormone.
The New York Times reports that federal authorities will indict Roger Clemens this afternoon on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The indictment comes nearly two and half years after a contentious Congressional hearing in which the former Houston Astro and New York Yankee star pitcher denied under oath that he had used the banned substances.
His testimony was contradicted by his former trainer Brian McNamee, who claims he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, and by former teammate Andy Pettitte, who issued a sworn affidavit that the two had discussed Clemens's use of HGH.
The Congressional hearing was the result of a 20-month study by Senator George J. Mitchell released in December 2007 about the prevalence of performance-enhacing drugs in professional baseball. Clemens's name was mentioned 82 times in the report.
Clemens is the second baseball star of recent years to be indicted for making false statements about performance-enhancing drugs. Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds was indicted in March 2007 by federal authorities and is set to begin his trial in March 2011.
If convicted, Clemens could face up to five years in prison.
The charges are in addition to Clemens's other legal woes: a defamation suit against the pitcher filed by McNamee in 2009, and federal scrutiny of the Roger Clemens Foundation for its role in funding McNamee's services.
Clemens, 48, is a Katy native and currently resides in Memorial.