Cle­mens hear­ing may be a good show, but don’t ex­pect it set­tled

The Covington News - - Sports - By Tim Dahlberg

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

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