The Arrogance of Roger Clemens

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Congress announced today that they would like the Department of Justice to investigate Roger Clemens for perjury.

I've watched these events unfold with much more interest than I thought I would. I'll be honest and say I really don't care if Roger Clemens or anyone else in baseball took performance enhancing drugs. I'm glad they decided to do something about it now. But for a long time everyone knew Baseball was dirty and they just looked the other way. Why single an individual out?

But that is really not my point. The reason this has kept my interest is that Roger Clemens just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole. Anyone who thinks Roger Clemens did not take drugs is either a die-hard blind fan or is just plain nuts. He has the classic signs of a liar. First off, nobody is backing his story. It is not one person who is accusing him, it is several, and their stories all match. When you are the one person saying something, you have to wonder if anyone is going to believe you. Second, he is compounding his lies. Every time he is caught in a lie, he tries to use another lie to cover it up. He never heard about the drugs, and then he only talked about it much later, and then his friend "misremembered" talking to him about it. It's sad.

And the thing is, it was probably unnecessary. Most of the people who have come out and admitted to it are done with the story. Andy Petitte is coming off looking like a saint. But Roger thought he was above it all. He was after all the "greatest" pitcher ever. Who could catch him? Who would dare accuse the best player of his generation? Who would ever believe a nobody over someone as great as he? The rest of the world, that's who.

And by the way, Clemens needs to get his money back from his lawyer, Rusty Hardin. Clemens accomplished nothing by doing what he did. Nobody believes him and now he faces federal charges. How on earth is lawyer let him go in front of Congress is beyond me.