This is what A.J. Perez of MLB wrote about the Clemens news on Thursday afternoon:
Roger Clemens’ arraignment on six felony charges linked to his testimony in front of a Congressional committee will take place in Washington on Monday.
A notice of Clemens’ first hearing in the case since charges were announced last week was posted on the federal docket system on Thursday. Clemens is expected to plead not guilty in what should be a short hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton.
He was an extraordinary pitcher in the early days, but prone to move the batter off the plate, by any means. He had an experience with Mike Piazza that bordered on the bizarre – he actually threw at Mike’s head twice in the summer of 2000.He continued to demand special treatment and extras which only increased his already large ego.
Roger perhaps wouldn’t understand this, but he was offered an out by the Congressional Committee where he testified – in fact, the Chairman of the Committee said there was no reason for him to appear – an affidavit would do. But Roger insisted on having TV time at the committee. He got it – and next Monday at 2PM he appears before a Federal Court in Washington DC and has no one to blame but himself.
And here’s my two cents – I never thought Roger would persist in proving himself innocent of it all. How the mighty has fallen and at his own hand. Roger Clemens was always ready to put himself first, no matter the issue. Raised by a widowed Mother, and with several older sisters Roger lapped up the attention he was given at home. But it didn’t stop when he grew up and today is proof of that.
Clemens, who has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, faces one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury tied to his testimony in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in February 2008. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner faces a fine of up to $1.5 million and a prison term of up to 21 months under current sentencing guidelines if convicted.”