WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids.
Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, making false statements and perjury.
The former Major League baseball pitcher and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified under oath at a 2008 hearing before a House committee and contradicted each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.
McNamee has told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and the committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.
Clemens has maintained that McNamee was lying. [Article continues below.]
In 2006, The LA Times reported that former pitcher Jason Grimsley told investigators that Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte used performance-enhancing drugs.
The Mitchell Report, released in 2007, mentioned Roger Clemens' name 82 times. His personal strength coach Brian McNamee told federal law enforcement officials that he injected Clemens with Winstrol multiple times.
Clemens denied McNamee's accusations to Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes. "It's hogwash for people to even assume this," Clemens said.
On Jan. 7, 2008, Clemens filed a defamation suit against his ex-personal trainer Brian McNamee, claiming that his statements in the Mitchell Report were "untrue and defamatory." The federal judge said McNamee's statements were protected and Clemens lost the appeal.
In Feb. 2008, Andy Pettitte told congress that Clemens admitted to him about using HGH in a conversation in 2005. However, Clemens said he was referring to his wife using HGH.
Clemens and McNamee testified in front of congress on Feb. 13, 2008. He denied McNamee's claims under oath and said he never used performance enhancing substances. He also contradicted Pettitte's claims that Clemens admitted to using HGH.
Clemens denied to Congress that he ever attended a 1998 party at the home of Jose Canseco, a teammate of his at the time. Unfortunately for Clemens, an 11-year-old boy had a photo of him at the party, which was mentioned in the Mitchell Report as well.
In 2009, a federal grand jury started look at evidence and discuss possible perjury charges against Clemens.
A federal grand jury indicted Clemens on Aug. 19, 2010 for allegedly lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, said by telephone from Houston that he had just learned of the indictment and would wait to decide whether to comment.
The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, the judge who presided over the perjury and obstruction trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. No date has been set for Clemens' initial court appearance.
In a defiant appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008, Clemens said, "I've been accused of something I'm not guilty of ... I have never taken steroids or HGH."
Longtime Clemens friend and pitching star Andy Pettite told congressional investigators that Clemens confided to him that he had used human growth hormone. Clemens said Pettite's assertion wasn't correct.
"I believe Andy has misheard" the conversation, Clemens responded. He said he had simply mentioned to Pettite a TV show about three older men who used HGH to get back their quality of life.