Jury selection in the trial for baseball great Roger Clemens began Wednesday. The legendary Texan, owner of 7 Cy Young Awards, is being prosecuted for allegedly lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs (i.e. steroids) back in 2008.
It's the U.S. Government's latest case of going after a celebrated athlete for 'roids. Barry Bonds was found guilty on one count earlier this year of perjury related to his testimony in 2003 in the BALCO scandal; he still awaits sentencing.
Lance Armstrong could be receiving an indictment anytime now it seems, after more revelations have come out this year about his use of PED's related to the time when he was dominating the Tour De France.
Critics contend that it's an outrageous waste of time and money to go after these athletes. We've addressed that before and surely will again. But what CL readers should know if they're at all interested in the trial is that that Clemens main line of defense is going to be attacking his main accuser - former trainer Brian McNamee - and he'll use an incident that occurred in St. Petersburg Renaissance Vinoy Resort
in October of 2001 as one of his leading arguments to belittle his antagonist, as well as show that was his motivation in trying to bring down one of MLB's greatest regular season pitchers ever.