Prosecutor: Clemens Lied to Protect Legacy

Prosecutor: Clemens Lied to Protect Legacy

In their second chance in nine months to introduce Roger Clemens’s perjury case to jurors, prosecutors in federal court portrayed Clemens on Monday as a man so bent at preserving his legacy as one of baseball’s greatest pitchers that he lied to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The government — more than it did during its opening statement at Clemens’s mistrial last summer — also went heavy on its allegation that Clemens sought to save his reputation by sacrificing some of his closest relationships.

“It is the story of a betrayal of friendships,” Steven Durham, an assistant United States attorney, told the jury of 10 women and 6 men, including four alternates.

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