Mike Fish at ESPN.com is reporting that a Federal Grand Jury is being convened in Washington DC to investigate whether or not Roger Clemens should be indicted for lying under oath to congress during last year’s fiasco of a hearing involving Clemens, Brian McNamee and several star-struck congressmen.
Assistant US Attorney Daniel P. Butler will be presenting evidence in the case, and several people could be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens. Fish reports that McNamee, drug-supplier Kirk Radomski, FDA Agent Jeff Novitzky, as well as Clemens’ former teammates and admitted HGH users, Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch could all be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens.
Its not really sad at this point – Clemens did this to himself. The evidence is so overwhelmingly against him, I don’t believe he has a chance in hell of escaping this. McNamee said Clemens, Pettitte and Knoblauch all used HGH under his guidance. Pettitte and Knobluach admitted it and said they knew Clemens did it as well. Pettitte even signed a sworn declaration to his effect. Clemens testified that Pettitte must have “misremembered.” McNamee says he has old syringes and gauze pads with Clemens’ DNA on them. Radomski can provide evidence that shipments of HGH were sent to the Clemens home. Finally, Clemens’ own wife admitted she also took HGH.
This should make for a very interesting year in the baseball/steroids world. Barry Bonds’ perjury case is scheduled to begin trial in March, if Clemens is indicted he will probably face trial this year as well and Miguel Tejada is currently being investigated by the FBI as to whether or not he lied under oath when, under questioning about steroids and HGH, he denied ever using them to congress. Tejada was later named in the Mitchell Report.