The verdict on Roger Clemens: Acquitted, not vindicated
Roger Clemens has been acquitted, which is not quite the same as being vindicated.
A jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress when he testified he had never used drugs to put a little extra zip in his fastball. The testimony at trial essentially came down to Clemens’ word against that of a former Yankee trainer, and the jury was not sufficiently convinced to expose the Rocket to a sentence of as much as 30 years.
Like most Massachusetts baseball fans, we’ve always had mixed feelings about Clemens. When he was the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff, we loved him on the mound but found him sometimes obnoxious in street clothes. He was warm and friendly to his neighbors, but often surly to the press.
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