The FBI plans to open up an investigation against Roger Clemens to find out whether he lied to Congress about his use of steroids. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the seven-time Cy Young winner has denied using any performance enhancing drugs.
“The request to open an investigation on the congressional testimony of Roger Clemens has been turned over to the FBI and will receive appropriate investigative action by the Washington Field Office,” said FBI spokeswoman Debra Weierman.
The FBI investigation is a result of a recommendation by the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
“We believe that his testimony in a sworn deposition on Feb. 5, 2008, and at a hearing on Feb. 13, 2008, that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone, warrants further investigation,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman of California and ranking Republican Tom Davis of Virginia wrote.
Clemens could face possible charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. If he had just admitted it – or kept his mouth shut when he was named in the Mitchell report as opposed to going on a huge PR campaign – he would be facing the ire of baseball fans. Angry baseball fans don’t put people behind bars.