Roger Clemens Retrial
Roger Clemens Retrial, A perjury retrial for retired Major League Baseball star Roger Clemens opens on Monday as the legendary pitcher again faces charges he lied when denying he took performance-enhncing drugs.
Last July, only two witnesses had been called when US District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial after prosecutors presented evidence that had already been ruled inadmissible.
Nine months later, and with a new baseball season underway, the sport is once again dragged back into its shameful doping era, before testing and regulations were imposed against using steroids and human growth hormones (HGH).
Jury selection will be the major part of Monday’s activity as prosecutors try to prove Clemens was lying when he told a 2008 Congressional hearing that he never took HGH and steroids.
The testimony conflicted with that of former Clemens trainer Brian McNamee, who said he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing substances. Some of the needles he claimed to have used are expected to be used as evidence.
Clemens won 354 games in a 24-year career that saw him win seven Cy Young Awards as the top pitcher in his league. Nicknamed “Rocket”, he is one of only four pitchers to have recorded more than 4,000 strikeouts in his career.
Clemens won the World Series twice with the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. He also played for Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.
If convicted, Clemens could face 30 years in prison and a fine of $1.5 million, although sentencing guidelines would suggest he receive somehwere between 15 and 21 months behind bars.
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