At least someone got the DiPerna memo.
Describe it as courage, craziness or the perfect combination of the two. Regardless, when critics said, “OK, tough guy, if you really didn’t use illegal PEDs, then say it under oath in Congress,” Clemens responded with an “OK!” and put his posterior on the line.
By calling everyone’s bluff in February 2008, repeating his denials to our nation’s lawmakers, Clemens sparked the chain reaction that finally concluded yesterday when the jury said, essentially, “Sorry, government, you’re gonna have to do better than this.”
Yes, Clemens will be on my Hall of Fame ballot this December, although he would have regardless of this verdict. His alleged transgressions occurred before Major League Baseball began enforcing bona fide rules against illegal PED usage. His career speaks for itself. If his numbers are illegally enhanced, well … he can get in the back of the line.
...Whatever you believe in your hearts, Roger Clemens can now stand with pride and say, accurately, he has done everything humanly possible to clear his name. There’s nothing more for him to do besides point to the scoreboard reading “NOT GUILTY.”
It’s a great day for the United States, a great day for baseball. And rather than wait for a Clemens confession that isn’t coming, let’s see if those apologies start rolling in. Clemens deserves them.