Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 6/19/12

A 12 member jury told Federal prosecutors in strong terms, "get a life." They totally rejected prosecutors 6 charges against one of baseball's greatest pitchers Roger Clemens and hopefully puts an end to the government, and department of Justice involvement in our major league sports. They interjected themselves in the initial issues of steroid and drug use in baseball a decade ago, hearings were set up by our Washington politicians for the sole purpose of hooking their national exposure to our best athletes. Our baseball athletes never should have been brought before members of Congress. Never should have been forced to give testimony about drug use in the first place. MLB allowed the circus to flourish. If anyone's to blame for this fiasco Major League baseball Bud Selig, and our idiotic publicity hungry Washington politicians aided by Eric Holder and retarded members of his Department of Justice share the blame. 

With all our present problems of national security leaks, weapons sold to Mexican drug cartel killers, our Attorney General stone-walling and refusing to turn over documents about "Fast and Furious" to Congressional members to get to the bottom of how weapons got into the hands of Mexican drug lords, you would think our department of Justice would have more serious issues to deal with. They spent millions attempting to hang Roger Clemens, a "baseball player." Not exactly an Al Capone or Dillinger master criminal. Simply a baseball player. It's taken five years for a jury of his peers to announce to the world, they didn't believe "any" of the charges the government brought against Clemens. The verdict, which was rendered by a panel of eight women and four men came on the second full day of deliberations. It was a major, especially painful, defeat for the government in its second failed attempt at convicting a player whose legal problems highlighted baseball's continuing drug woes. As the counts of not guilty were announced in the courtroom, Clemens bit his lip and appeared to wipe tears from his eyes. Later, outside facing reporters with his attorneys at his side, Clemens thanked his family for their support all these stressful years, and he thanked his teammates, friends who came forward to speak on his behalf. It was at this point, thanking teammates, that the Rocket's emotions kicked in and he couldn't continue speaking. 

Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award Winner-known for having ice water running thru his veins when on the mound facing baseball's greatest hitters, became emotional, stifled tears, and needed help from his attorney. His attorney began clapping and the crowd of reporters and spectators outside the courthouse joined in.

For Clemens, 49, and his family the verdict was a huge victory. If convicted he faced years in federal prison. The jury's verdict, not guilty on all 6 charges came as a ravaging blow to prosecutors and makes then look like first year law students at best. Even with a complete acquittal Clemens will not salvage his reputation. It's damaged forever. His acquittal comes at a time when his name is soon to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. The damage done to Clemens reputation through this long five year process of this case makes it highly unlikely that he'll receive enough votes from baseball writers for induction. He needs to be named on 75% of the ballots for induction. Clemens suffers the same negatives as slugger Barry Bonds. During their playing careers both stars didn't always go out of their way to please writers in MLB. In fact, often they were quite surly to writers. They were not the most popular players in baseball. Many baseball writers cast their ballots based on their "emotions" not on a players numbers. If writers just focus on Clemens and Bonds records than both men are in on the first ballot. We'll now see how "honorable" American baseball writers are when HOF ballots are turned in.

Lawyers for Roger Clemens have said from day one ,"what happened in this case is a horrible overreach of the government and everyone involved." Clemens lead attorney Rusty Hardin said, again and again that the case should not have happened in the first place because Congress had overstepped its bound. 

Our "just" Justice Department at work, a Major League Joke. That's what has come out of all these years of investigating national sports Icons, Clemens, Bonds, Lance Armstrong, it high-lights the incompetency of one of our "leading" government agencies. Sure makes the case for "less" government than more...........

by: Larry Upton

"Upton on Sports"-source:nytimes/

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