Don't bet against him

Keith Groller

Morning Call

It seems that Rocket Man would need the Casey Anthony jury to escape this jam. Common sense indicates Clemens took steroids to lengthen his career.

Even Clemens' best friend, Andy Pettitte, admitted to dabbling with chemical fastballs. So Clemens, a fiercely proud man in danger of having his Hall of Fame credentials tarnished, defied Congress and lied to them in 2008. Slam dunk perjury, right?

But if the more despised Barry Bonds could get off with a mere love tap on the wrist, then Clemens has a great chance of not getting nicked at all. With sleazy Brian McNamee as the central witness, Clemens might have had a harder time beating the Royals than he will beating these charges.

kgroller@tribune.com

Watch the needle

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

It will be hard for Roger Clemens to escape federal perjury charges if the needle that Brian McNamee allegedly used to inject the pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs can be proved to have been used as described.

Clemens' phalanx of attorneys and huff-and-puff denials won't amount to much if the needle is found to contain the pitcher's DNA as well as the remnants of any illicit drug.

Making Clemens' defense more problematic is the expected testimony of former teammate Andy Pettitte.

Bottom line: In an era when high-profile athletes rarely are held accountable for anything, Clemens could be left holding the bag of whatever it was he used to taint his image.

bbolch@tribune.com