Baseballman Actually Indicted For Lying In Dumb Congressional Hearing
In 2008, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform decided it would grandstand on the use of steroids in baseball, because what else were they going to do? Their jobs? (NO.) So this was a little circus for a while, and they subpoenaed famous baseball players to these hearings so that said members of Congress could attract teevee attention and look important. But, funnily enough, some asshole, former pitcher Roger Clemens, actually has gotten indicted for lying in this pointless exercise. Whoops.
According to the United States Attorney's office, Clemens faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, but under the current sentencing guidelines, a conviction would likely bring 15-21 months.
Clemens's allegedly false testimony came in a public hearing in which Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee, testifying under oath, directly contradicted each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.
Somewhere, George Will is rubbing his George Will nipples. Baseball is politics, politics is baseball! [NYT]