Former New York Yankee Major League Baseball pitcher, Roger Clemens, was indicted last week for making false statements, perjury and obstructing a congressional investigation into players using performance-enhancing drugs when he denied accusations he had used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs while he was under oath before Congress in 2008.
Afterward, Clemens used his Twitter account to send followers messages saying he denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer also held a news conference to deny the charges against the former MLB pitcher. Not to be outdone by the defendants, the federal prosecutors then issued a press release discussing the charges.
District Judge Reggie Walton said in a court order he would “not tolerate such behavior from anyone” involved in the case. He ordered the two sides as well as potential witnesses and their lawyers to “refrain from making any further statements about this case to the media or in public settings outside the courtroom” that could sway potential jurors about the charges that Clemens lied to the U.S. Congress about his steroid use.
Clemens, holder of a record seven Cy Young Awards for best pitcher, lives in Houston where he is waiting to be arraigned on the six-count indictment. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.
What a sad end to such a storied professional baseball career.