Roger Clemens on Trial for Lying to Congress! Whose going to put Congress on Trial for lying to Us? Guest Blog by Brent Clanton

July 6, 2011

From time to time I am honored to have guest bloggers featured.  Today a friend of mine, Brent Clanton is featured with an interesting take on the Roger Clemens trial.  His comments will certainly make you think…

I am bemused to hear Roger Clemens will be going on trial for lying to Congress over controlled substances, when they’ve been lying to the American public for years over the substance of legislation they control. Or just lying outright.

The most-obvious recent example of this is the embarrassing saga of NY Rep. Anthony Weiner—a ten day media romp in which he repeatedly prevaricated as to his prowess as a sexting lothario. And wasn’t it an American politician who made “hiking the Appalachian Trail” the newest euphemism for cheating on a spouse?

Never mind the fact that our Congressmen and women haven’t been able to get their collective acts together long enough to pass legislation on fiscal-stimulus. So how is it they can find time to rake Roger over the coals for physical-enhancement stimulus?

Maybe if Clemens’ trainer, Brian McNamee had injected the House members with a little extra octane, we wouldn’t be facing a Government shut-down in August. Perhaps, had  the Senate been dosed with some exotic B-12 to goose their brain-function, we’d be closer to closing the gap between spending and revenues.

I wonder if the Congressional Inquisition will pay as close attention to Clemens’ testimony as they do to the nuances and details they present to We the People on a regular basis. Recently Sen. Dick Durban opined that the United States borrows from China most of the money it spends—to the rate of 40-cents on the dollar. According to Fact-Check.org, China only holds 8% of the total US debt ticket—a mere $1.15 Trillion of the $14+ Trillion in outstanding obligations. And the ratio is only 38-cents on the dollar. Don’t you feel better now? Here, take this pill…

Utah Gov. John Huntsman claimed this Spring that Social Security, Medicare, and interest payments on our collective debt would “consume every dollar of Federal revenue” within a decade. According to the Government Accounting Office, assuming all the current tax provisions are left in place, only 92-cents of each revenue dollar would be spent on interest and social entitlement expenses. Don’t spend the remaining 8-cents all in one place.

Lies or mis-statements? Only your Congressional speechwriter knows for sure—or should. It’s just galling that instead of allowing the MLB to handle this tempest on the pitching mound, Congressional brain power, time and tax dollars are being squandered over the word of a sleazy athletic trainer vs a potential Baseball Hall of Famer at a time when the very people doing the questioning have bigger fish to fry. Or should.

Brent Clanton is a Talk Radio Host based in Houston, Texas. 
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Roger Clemens vs. Brian McNamee – The Truth About Consequences

February 13, 2008

What an eventful day (or uneventful as some have called it) with Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee testifying before the House Oversight and Governmental Affairs Committee. Both Clemens and McNamee were there in what has been described as a “perjury trap” – each espousing that they were telling the truth – and both leaving us with the clear understanding that someone was lying!

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Clemens began with a six page written statement (link here) a portion of which is reproduced:

I appreciate the opportunity to tell this Committee and the public—under oath—what I have been saying all along: I have never used steroids, human growth hormone, or any other type of illegal performance enhancing drugs. I think these types of drugs should play no role in athletics at any level, and I fully support Senator Mitchell’s conclusions that steroids have no place in baseball. However, I take great issue with the report’s allegation that I used these substances. Let me be clear again: I did not.

Likewise, McNamee, not to be outdone, had a written statement (allbeit 5 pages – link here) where he stated the following:

I was once the personal trainer for one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, Roger William Clements. During the time that I worked with Roger Clemens I injected him on numerous occasions with steroids and human growth hormone.

Now, someone is not telling the truth! And, in the setting they were both in, failure to tell the truth can have serious consequences.

According to the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, “Clemens made any number of inconsistent statements in his deposition and testimony, and had a difficult time expressing himself when challenged. McNamee fared little better, explaining that he hid information from prosecutors and changed his story by adding details as he remembered them, so he never told the same tale twice.”

If prosecutors want to go after Clemens, they will be hard pressed to get a jury to believe McNamee, who effectively admitted that he does not handle the truth very well. Information provided by Clemens’ former teammate Andy Pettitte about conversations they had concerning HGH use was not helpful, but it is hardly the type of clear contradiction needed for a perjury investigation, especially when one of the discussions took place nearly ten years ago. Clemens could not bring himself to call Pettitte a liar, but he did dispute his friend’s memory of the conversations, throwing up enough dust to make it hard to figure exactly what was said. While the syringes and other items produced by McNamee could well link Clemens to HGH and steroids, issues about chain of custody and McNamee’s veracity in recounting why he held on to such materials don’t make this anything like a smoking gun, or even one a little bit warm.

One thing seems certain, someone will face perjury charges. If that turns out to be McNamee, the linchpin of the Mitchell Report, then the credibility of the report will be severely challenged and open the flood gates for many to dispute the findings. Clemens, on the other hand, probably took the best position possible – a good offense. He might not have had a perfect memory, but was credible enough to produce doubt and as Wesley Snipes proved – doubt is all it takes to win the case.

But for my readers, know that Every choice has a consequence.  As a Motivational Speaker (www.chuckgallagher.com)  sharing info on ethics, I see examples of choices and consequences every day.  Clemens, by implication and association, has suffered in the court of public opinion. There are those who will never believe that he was completely clean and never used performance enhancing drugs. So what is the Truth About Consequences?

While there are many truths about consequences – one of the first truths is – the truth will set you free. And since every choice has a consequence we will see when the dust settles who spoke the truth and what consequences will follow to the one who didn’t.

Question: Who do you believe?


Looks Like Clemens Throws A Fast Ball – Roger Clemens Trainer Hit With A Lawsuit!

January 7, 2008

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Not liking – not one little bit – the allegation by his former trainer that Roger Clemens injected steroids – Clemens had taken the mound and thrown a hard fast one at Brian McNamee. Ouch!

Clemens filed suit Sunday night in Harris County District Court (Houston Texas area), claiming the statements McNamee had made to George Mitchell (the baseball drug investigator) were “untrue and defamatory.” The suit goes on to claim that “Clemens good reputation has been severely injured” and that “McNamee’s false allegations have also caused Clemens to suffer mental anguish, shame, public humiliation and embarrassment.”

According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:

The suit states that when McNamee was first was interviewed by federal law enforcement last June, he denied Clemens had used steroids or human growth hormone. The suit quotes McNamee as saying he was pressured by federal agents to implicate Clemens, though it doesn’t say where the quote came from.

“After this exchange, and for the first time in his life, McNamee stated that he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001,” the suit says. “Following his recantation, McNamee has relayed that he magically went from a ‘target’ in a federal criminal drug investigation to a mere ‘witness,’ so long as he continued to ‘toe the line.’ ”

The suit says that when McNamee initially refused a request from federal authorities that he speak to Mitchell, he was threatened with prosecution. Clemens says McNamee decided only then to cooperate with Mitchell and the suit said McNamee said the interview “was conducted like a Cold War-era interrogation in which a federal agent merely read to the Mitchell investigators McNamee’s previously obtained statement and then asked McNamee to confirm what he previously stated.”

As I say often in my keynote speeches – Every choice has a consequence.

This battle between Clemens and McNamee has some interesting potential outcomes. First, if Clemens is correct – he never used steroids – then McNamee will suffer a financial outcome that he likely didn’t expect as Clemens would be the victor in the lawsuit. Further, McNamee’s testimony is being called into question and if proven inaccurate by Clemens – likely there will be a host of others to challenge as well.

On the Clemens side – by issuing the lawsuit, Clemens opens himself up to more intense review knowing that there are those folks who believe that no one can be “that good.”

It is said that the truth will set you free. If Roger is not telling the truth about steroid use, then he’s taking a big gamble with the lawsuit. Likewise, if McNamee’s fabricated a story about Clemens – then he’s in big trouble on a multitude of fronts.

Question: What do you think about the lawsuit filed by Roger Clemens?

As a motivational speaker – speaking on choices and consequences I’d love to hear your thoughts!