Roger Clemens show trial
“Tomorrow, Roger Clemens goes on trial for lying…to politicians. Which is like trying a woman for flashing her breasts at a stripper.” – Radley Balko
Roger Clemens went on trial this week for lying during an investigating into the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball. Mind you, he is not being put on trial for actually using the drugs – and he shouldn’t be; rather telling a the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that had not used them.
I get that no one forced him to come forward, but it’s laughable for Clemens to be indicted for lying to and “obstructing” a parliament of whores, to quote P.J. O’Rourke. And let’s face it, there are plenty of other things more important that a trial to avenge the delicate sensibilities of members of Congress.
John Stossel rightly notes that this is both a waste of time and taxpayer resources (emphasis mine):
When the Feds went after Barry Bonds, the taxpayers had to cough up more than $55 million to pay for it. I bet Clemens’ case will cost at least that. Why should you have to pay for this?
At the time Clemens allegedly took steroids, lots of players did, and the substances weren’t even illegal in private MLB.
Congress loves such hearings because they bring the narcissists the media attention they crave. Since 2000, there have been 11 congressional hearings related to Major League Baseball.
Clemens may have lied to Congress about using Performance Enhancing Drugs.
But he shouldn’t have been in front of Congress in the first place.
I’m as much a baseball purist as the next fan and I believe cheaters should be held accountable by writers and Hall of Fame voters, but Congress has no business investigating a private enterprise.