The trial continues to drag along…and that may be exactly what the defense is hoping for.
If you’re a baseball fan, don’t you just feel like this is going the same way of the Barry Bonds trial? Or should I say “Mistrial?”
Are these drugs illegal? No. Not when prescribed. Would there be such a fuss if Clemens had just admitted to using them in the first place? A slap on the wrist. A harsh spotlight…but nothing more. Unfortunately, Roger Clemens, just like Barry Bonds, testified before a congressional committee that he did not use these performance enhancing substances, regardless of the fact that his former trainer, Brian McNamee, has always maintained that Clemens did use them. Oh, what a circus that 2008 hearing was. Congressmen asking Clemens which team’s jersey he would wear when he went into the Hall of Fame? Please. Such a trial is fitting in society reeking of the corrupt trickle down.
McNamee testified again today–his testimony remaining consistent. The defense will attempt to discredit his character, and his testimony, but the twist has always remained…McNamee kept the evidence. The bottles. Syringes. Gauze pads. And why? Because he said that deep down he felt that he’d need them for his own protection.
And ’round and ’round she goes. And this is playing perfectly into the hands of the defense. The longer this goes on, the better chance of a mistrial. If you’ll remember, the first trial ended in a mistrial when the prosecution slipped up and made the mistake of displaying inadmissible evidence in the form of video. The longer this goes on, the more the jury will become bored, anxious and irritated–ready to move on with their lives. However, I don’t think that is going to happen–not this time…
In the trial of public opinion, we all believe that Roger Clemens was a roid user. He was a dominant pitcher, who when faced with the a desire to dominate as he got older, turned to a substance to reignite his physical ability. Andy Pettite, former teammate, and MLB pitcher in the midst of his own comeback, admitted to having used PEDs, and in the past stated that Clemens was a resource in making such a decision. In his most recent court appearance, Pettite suggested that he may have misremembered.
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we’ve chosen to deceive.
Had Clemens ‘fessed up from the get-go, he could lay low, make his apology, then eventually let his body of work speak for itself. Now, instead of concerns about legacy and the Hall of Fame, it’s a concern about remaining a free man. I do believe the judge will be lenient, but I also believe the judge will have to drop a sentencing prior to the gavel in this case.