My MS Paint picture from when this Clemens news first came about, a post in late 2007.
No need to fear, lemme handle this, Look buddy, I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings, uh, I'm well educated, well versed. I know that situations like this, court wise, are complex.
Let me put on my lawyer pants and break this down for you.
With these charges looming over his head Clemens has a few choices: take a plea bargain, go to trail or flee the country. Since Clemens has been fairly defiant throughout this whole processes I highly doubt he grovel for a plea bargain. So that means we will get to see a trial......in about a year. Clemens will put on a show for the jury with his silky smooth arguments (remember 2008? I am being sarcastic). It is very likely that Clemens will go to jail, my guess if for at least 6 months along with some fines. It all comes down to the jury, which no one can predict.
From the Rocket's Twitter:
I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.
Here is the link to the full indictment if you are into that sort of thing.
Here is a breakdown of what and why he was charged with if you are too lazy to read the legal document:
Count 1: Obstruction of Justice:
• Four separate denials that he'd never used HGH or steroids
• Never spoken to Brian McNamee about HGH or steroids
• Denial about his knowledge of HGH
• Two separate denials he'd been injected by McNamee with vitamin B-12
• Two denials he'd been injected by McNamee with lidocaine
• Said needles were lined up in the clubhouse after games, ready for B-12 injections
• Said Yankee teammate Andy Petitte misheard or misremembered Clemens telling teammate in or around 1999 of HGH use
• Said Clemens didn't know McNamee was injecting Clemens' wife
• Said Clemens had "no idea" former Sen. George Mitchell wanted to talk to him for his 2007 report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball
• Said he was not in [Jose Canseco's] house on or about June 9, 1998
Count 2: False statements, HGH
• Based on denial he used HGH
Count 3: False statements, steroids
• Based on denial he used steroids
Count 4: False statements, B12
• Said McNamee injected him with B12
Count 5: Perjury, HGH
• Based on denial he received HGH from McNamee
Count 6: Perjury, steroids
• Based on denial he received steroids from McNamee
Oh and one more thing:
Gets me every time.