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Clemens could face 30 years

08.19.10 at 4:32 pm ET
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Roger Clemens has been indicted on multiple charges surrounding his alleged dishonesty in refuting steroid use in 2008. While under oath and addressing Congress, Clemens denied allegations from former trainer Brian McNamee that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’ve been accused of something I’m not guilty of,” Clemens told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee two years ago, adding, ”I have never taken steroids or HGH.”

Following Clemens’ testimony, a perjury probe was opened by the FBI. Two years later, Clemens faces charges of perjury, making false statements, and obstruction of Congress. He faces six counts total, each of which carry maximum sentences of five years, meaning that if convicted, the seven-time Cy Young award winner and Red Sox great would be behind bars for up to 15 years.

While no date has been set for Clemens’ trial, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton will preside over the case. Evidence reportedly includes bloody gauze and vials that McNamee saved.

A former police officer and trainer, McNammee became infamous in 2007 when the George J. Mitchell Report alleged that he obtained human growth hormone, anabolic steroids, and amphetamines for Clemens and Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte.

Approached by congressional investigators, Pettitte, who himself had already confirmed his involvement with performance-enhancers, said that Clemens had admitted to him that he used HGH. Clemens responded to the development by saying that Pettitte “misremembered the conversation.”

Given that McNamee said under oath that he injected Clemens at least 16 times between the 1998, 2000, and 2001 seasons, the conflicting stories of each side made for one of the bigger storylines to emerge in the Mitchell Report’s wake. Clemens then filed a defamation suit against the former trainer, a case that was practically thrown out entirely last year.

A two-time World Series champion as a member of the Yankees, Clemens began his prolific career in Boston, winning three Cy Youngs, an American League MVP award, and an All-Star Game MVP award. He won four more Cy Youngs after departing Boston, the most recent of which came in 2004 as a member of the Houston Astros. In total, Clemens struck out 4,672 batters over 24 seasons between the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros.

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