Roger Clemens, the pitcher who won more than 350 games and struck out more than 4,600 batters in a 24-year Major League Baseball career, was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Roger Clemens lied to Congress about using steroids and human growth hormone to protect his chances of election to the Hall of Fame, a U.S. prosecutor told jurors as the ex-pitcher’s perjury trial began in Washington.
Jurors were urged both by lawyers for Roger Clemens and by prosecutors to use common sense when deciding whether the former pitching star intentionally lied to Congress to cover up his use of steroids and human growth hormone.
The trainer for Roger Clemens who told Congress he injected the former New York Yankees pitcher with performance enhancing drugs said the treatments began when Clemens sought help administering a shot of anabolic steroids.
Prosecutors seeking to convict pitcher Roger Clemens of obstructing Congress and making false statements must prove he was injected with steroids, knew what was in the shots and knowingly lied about it, said lawyers.
Roger Clemens and the trainer who testified in a U.S. perjury trial that he injected the ex-Major League Baseball pitcher with steroids failed in court-ordered talks to reach a settlement ending a defamation lawsuit.