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Roger Clemens Acquitted. Trial a Waste? [POLL]

Retired pitcher handed a 'not guilty' verdict for charges of lying under oath

After a lengthy trial, much speculation and barrels of newspaper ink, former-MLB pitcher and Yankee Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday of perjury charges related to the use of performance-enhancing substances.

The years-long ordeal began with accusations that Clemens lied to Congress about his use of sports drugs.

Clemens' acquittal is what many are calling proof that the government is unable to successfully prosecute athletes who use illegal substances to gain a leg up. In past years, icons like Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong have faced limited or no repercussions for their alleged involvement with drugs. And now, Clemens, too.

"After three expensive failures, the government is done, it seems, with the business of pursuing high-profile cases of drugs-in-sports – with a track record not worth bragging about," the Huffington Post wrote.

Patch wants to know: was the trial worth it? Or was the Rocket's innocence a sure-shot from the start, and the court-room antics simply posturing?

Bob June 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
it must of been the OJ jury...
Racman63 June 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Complete waste. These guys are performers in a show, not just athletes. Like it or not, PHD's are going to be a p/o of the future of sports. They need it to help speed recovery so they can go back out and entertain. You cannot stop the future. Someday Doc's will be dispensing this stuff in the locker rooms as routine. Guaranteed.
David C Reynolds June 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM
This whole escapade with performance enhancing drugs has been an unnecessary witch hunt, especially Roger Clemens.
NotThatThere'sAnythingWrongWithThat June 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Trial a waste? How is not a waste? Why the question mark? Racman, glad to see you know nothing about baseball. It's built on records and history. The "entertainers" did quite well for many years without PHD'S.
NotThatThere'sAnythingWrongWithThat June 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Kevin, by the way. Barry Bonds was never an icon. Just a guy with a big head, both literally and figuratively. He's been vilified since college. Lance Armstrong is really the story here. If anybody is a perfect analogy for the US it's Armstrong. He is as dirty as the day is long.

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