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Clemens indicted for perjury

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 19, 2010 02:50 PM

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A federal grand jury has indicted Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements, and perjury.

The story was first reported by the New York Times.

Clemens testified to Congress in Feb. of 2008, two months after Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee linked Clemens to banned substances in a report on the topic by George J. Mitchell. Clemens and McNamee both testified to Congress about the report, each man's testimony contradicting the other's.

Clemens has continued to deny charges that he used performance enchacing drugs, saying McNamee made the charges up. McNamee cooperated with the investigation of federal authorities in 2008 to avoid a charge of steroid distribution.

Clemens, 48, pitched for the Red Sox from 1984 to 1996. He won the American League Cy Young and MVP awards in 1986, going 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA. Clemens went on to win the Cy Young six more times, also pitching for the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros during his 24-year career.

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