Clemens hearing may be a good show, but don’t expect it settled
Roger Clemens will raise the right arm today that made him rich and famous, swear he’s going to tell the truth, and then try to convince a group of politicians more interested in their re-election prospects than they are about syringes in the clubhouse that he didn’t win seven Cy Young awards by cheating.
Brian McNamee will raise his much less well-known arm to swear on the same stack of Bibles that some of those syringes filled with steroids and human growth hormone ended up in Clemens’ rear end and he’s got a crushed beer can full of empties to prove it.
By now, we know both story lines all too well. Attorneys for both men have long since drawn a line in the sand and dared the other to cross.
Now they get the chance, before a Congressional committee on national television with a lot more than just their reputations at stake. They’ll testify under the very real threat of perjury, with the very real chance that one of them could someday be going to prison for what he says.
One of them is lying. That much we know for sure.
The only question is whether the 41 members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have the guts to find out which one it is.
My guess is they don’t, partly because there’s not a lot to gain by trashing a sports hero in an election year. A few members of the committee who met with Clemens last week have already indicated they think he’s a great guy and are inclined to believe him unless