What's next for Roger Clemens?

File photo: Roger Clemens
June 24, 2012 8:45:09 PM PDT
The perjury trial of baseball legend Roger Clemens ended last week and the jury found him not guilty on all counts.

After five years, Clemens is free from accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs and lied to Congress.

Clemens' Defense Attorney Rusty Hardin said the road to clearing his client's name was a long one.

"Roger always knew that if he publicly denied the accusations in the Mitchell Report, that the day that we just finished would come one day," Hardin said.

The Mitchell Report, released in 2007, included allegations of drug use against Clemens, and led the ball player to Washington where he denied it before Congress. Later on, Hardin says the government offered Clemens probation if he would only say he had lied.

"They called us to Washington and wanted to present what they thought their evidence was, what it would show and why they thought he should plead guilty," Hardin said. "We went back and communicated it to Roger and he said, 'You mean I'd have to say I lied to Congress?' 'Well,' I said, 'yeah.' He said, 'I didn't lie to Congress. I can't do that.'"

Charges were filed. There was mistrial in 2011. During the new trial, Hardin says he had a jury which finally gave Clemens a chance.

"We've talked to four of them so far now, and all of them felt that Roger was unfairly targeted by the government," Hardin said. "In fact, they've recently agreed not to talk to the media among themselves, not because they're upset with the media. They didn't want to call attention to themselves to the government. They really felt Roger was targeted."

So what's next for the baseball great?

"He will continue to do his charity work, following his boys," Hardin said. "Three of his four boys are playing baseball at different stages of their life."

Hardin wants Clemens' continued critics to consider this:

"Don't make up your mind before you've heard any evidence," he said. "People that heard the evidence in this case with an open mind, unanimously believed he didn't do it."


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