Clemens places the blame everywhere but on himself

Associated Press
Roger Clemens (left) was handed notes by one of his attorneys, Lanny Breuer, as he testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

Roger Clemens got at least one thing right on which there will be no misremembering: He is a trusting man.

Trusting enough to allow anyone with a needle and a good story to jab him wherever they want. Trusting enough to allow his wife to use human growth hormone even though he never touched the stuff.

So trusting in his abilities as a con man that he thought he could get away with his little scam before some politicians who know a thing or two about scams themselves.

"If I am guilty of anything it is of being too trusting of everyone, wanting to see the best in everyone, being too nice to everyone," Clemens said

Clemens rolled the dice, figuring the force of his personality and his seven Cy Youngs would overcome any evidence that might be raised against him.

Unfortunately, investigators for the committee had been doing some digging in recent days and came up with some new evidence that turned this into something far more than just a he said/she said contest. Perhaps more unfortunately, the real Roger Clemens showed up, and even his attorney jumping up and down and desperately whispering into his ear couldn't save him from self destructing.

He drug his wife into it, then tried to make it seem like it was someone else's fault. He drug his mother into it not just because she worked three jobs but because she liked vitamin B-12.

He threw his agent under the bus, then tossed his union in for good measure. As for his former nanny who placed him at Jose Canseco's house, well, she's a sweet person but she really doesn't understand much about anything.

Worst of all, Clemens just flat out lied. There's no way of escaping that conclusion because there's no way Andy Pettitte and his wife were lying in their interviews, and no way Chuck Knoblauch was lying when he said that McNamee's estimates of shooting him up 7-9 times with HGH sounded about right.

You have to wonder why Clemens ever wanted this, or why he and his legal team went forward after finding out what Pettitte and Knoblauch had to say. The one thing we've seen from the federal government recently with prosecutions of Marion Jones and Barry Bonds is an eagerness to go after big name athletes who do steroids and lie about it.

Clemens was telling the truth about at least one thing. There was a whole lot of misremembering going on.

But he was the one doing most of it.

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