I’ll say this for Roger Clemens — he must’ve went to the Oliver North school of denial because even when the world seems to be out to get him, Roger maintains his innocence with an “I admit nothing” zeal.
Although, he’s now apologizing for all this nothing. In a statement released to the Houston Chronicle, Clemens says he has nothing to admit or confess and that he be allowed to address his family matters in private.
He also mentions he’s apologized to his family in private and is offering this same apology-for-nothing to the public.
Apparently, there was some additional meaning behind Mindy McCready’s song “Guys Do It All The Time.” Perhaps she was specifically referring to Roger Clemens, MLB mistresses and 10-year relationships that began when the subject was 15 — at least according to ESPN, the New York Daily News and now the sportsblogosphere.
In case you missed it, sources have revealed (whoever they are) Roger Clemens had a 10-year relationship with country singer Mindy McCready, a relationship confirmed by Clemens lawyer, Rusty Hardin.
Of course, Hardin denied their relationship was sexual, but Clemens family favorite, Brian McNamee indicated he saw the two together numerous times while he was his trainer. This includes at the pitcher’s apartment at the Skydome when he pitched for Toronto.
Draw your own conclusions.
Also, I wonder if Dean Cain — who was engaged to the during the Clemens/McCready timeline — feels like “Supe-ing” up and going after the person that might have helped wrecked his relationship. Of course, Cain probably feels like he got out of that mess just in time.
In honor of all this fun, here’s Mindy singing her smash-hit and you have to just wonder if this wasn’t aimed at a particular pitcher in light of these spectacular allegations.
The FBI has begun investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs. FBI agents in Washington opened the case a little more than two weeks after Clemens and Brian McNamee, his former personal trainer, testified at a House committee hearing Feb. 13, each accusing the other of lying.
I hope your denials were worth the trouble, Roger. Because whether you deserve it or not, you’ve got it now.
The moral of the story regarding the Mitchell Report and well, anything related to steroids is: Don’t Lie To Congress. Just ask Barry “Typographical Error” Bonds and now, Roger Clemens. As you may have heard, Congress wants an investigation, blah, blah, blah, perjury, blah, blah, blah, Roger Clemens. Meanwhile, stuff like this is still going on unchecked.
OK, political soap-boxes aside, Clemens is now a Congressional target and if those pictures of him at Canseco’s party come out, coupled with the Pettitte/McNamee testimony, he’s not going to be able to escape some kind of punishment. However, Clemens isn’t backing down from his denials, either.
Although, the iceberg that could potentially sink his ship is the infamous BBQ pictures. If these see the light of day, then that confirms he is a liar in the eyes of Congress and the rest of the world.
The use of performance enhancing drugs continues to be the hot-button issue over on Capitol Hill, for reasons that remain unknown. Today’s shut-down-the-Nation’s-capital hearing has to do with the overall use in sports. Attending these hearings are the commissioners from the four major professional sports.
However, the committee wanted to also speak with Vince McMahon of the WWE, however, Vinsanity couldn’t make it. Surely the WWE is a clean sport, I mean, sports entertainment business, right?
For complete coverage of today’s waste of time, er coverage, check out Jim Baumbach’s live blog going on over at Newsday.
Yes, Andy Pettitte addressed the media yesterday and it was about what everyone expected. Pettitte doesn’t consider himself a cheater, but if other folks think he’s lying and want to label him as such, he understands. From his perspective, it was always about trying to heal his body, which brings up an interesting point:
Isn’t an HGH-aided faster recovery time from pitching-related arm issues an unfair advantage in and of itself? Anyway, here’s ESPN’s video:
Of course, never the one to miss a media moment, Hank Steinbrenner defended his pitcher by saying the NFL has a larger steroid problem then MLB. Which prompted Sooze to tell Hank to Please Stop Talking; something we endorse as well. Projecting onto another, more popular sport won’t make Senator Mitchell go away.
In other news, Pettitte still refers to McNamee as his friend. Interesting.
First and foremost, because of MLB’s vaunted anti-trust exemption, the Federal Government can, at any time, call baseball participants in and have them answer to anything a Congressional Committee can think of. Essentially, it’s a trade-off. MLB can stay exempt and the Government can act like Reggie Hammond in 48 Hrs.… You know, the badge giving him permission to kick ass any time he wants?
Well, it’s the same for Federal Government in relation to MLB. For instance, “We’ll maintain your anti-trust but you’ll have to dance to OUR tune when we want you to.”
Furthermore, we are forgetting the most important reason the Feds should have access to MLB and other professional sports: the kids. It’s about protecting the kids. Don’t ever forget that. When you are three months into your next HGH regimen, think about how it will effect those high-schoolers down the block. They’ll want to emulate you.