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Roger Clemens Obstruction Indictment

Roger Clemens Obstruction Indictment

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Ex-pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington D.C. on counts of obstruction of the U.S. Congress, perjury and false statements related to testimony he gave concerning performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.
Ex-pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington D.C. on counts of obstruction of the U.S. Congress, perjury and false statements related to testimony he gave concerning performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAHolding a Criminal TermGrand Jury Sworn in on May 15, 2009UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:CRIMINAL NO.::GRAND JURY ORIGINAL:v.:VIOLATIONS:::Count 1: Obstruction of Congress:(18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1515(b)):WILLIAM R. CLEMENS,:Counts 2-4: False Statementsalso known as “ROGER CLEMENS,:(18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2), (c)(2)):Defendant.:Counts 5-6: Perjury:(18 U.S.C. § 1621(1)) 
INDICTMENT
The Grand Jury charges that:Unless otherwise indicated, at all times material to this Indictment:
INTRODUCTORY ALLEGATIONSBackground
Major League Baseball1. Major League Baseball (“MLB”) is the highest level of professional baseball in the UnitedStates and Canada. There are presently 30 MLB teams in 17 states, the District of Columbia and oneCanadian province. MLB operates in interstate and foreign commerce and is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Congress.Defendant WILLIAM R. CLEMENS2. Defendant WILLIAM R. CLEMENS, also known as “ROGER CLEMENS,” was a
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2resident of Houston, Texas.3. From between in or about 1983 until in or about 2007, CLEMENS was employed as a professional baseball player. CLEMENS played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox (1984-1996), theToronto Blue Jays (1997-1998), the New York Yankees (1999-2003 and 2007), and the HoustonAstros (2004-2006). CLEMENS was a starting pitcher throughout his career.Strength Coach #14. Strength Coach #1 – whose identity is known to the Grand Jury – was employed as thestrength and conditioning coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays from in or about 1998 to in or about1999. Strength Coach #1 met CLEMENS in or about February 1998 during the course of hisemployment with the Toronto Blue Jays and began to provide CLEMENS with strength andconditioning training. During the 1998 baseball season, CLEMENS lived in a hotel suite that was part of the SkyDome stadium complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Strength Coach #1 lived near CLEMENS in the SkyDome hotel complex.5. Strength Coach #1 was employed as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees from in or about 2000 through in or about 2001. Prior to the 2000 season,CLEMENS recommended that the Yankees hire Strength Coach #1 and CLEMENS offered to payStrength Coach #1’s salary. During his employment with the Yankees, Strength Coach #1 servedas CLEMENS’s private strength and conditioning coach, although Strength Coach #1 worked withother New York Yankees players as well.6. Following Strength Coach #1’s employment with the New York Yankees organization,Strength Coach #1 continued to serve as CLEMENS’s private strength and conditioning coach.CLEMENS paid Strength Coach #1 varying amounts. CLEMENS continued to train with Strength
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3Coach #1 until about August 2007.
Performance Enhancing Drugs, Vitamin B12 and Lidocaine
Anabolic Steroids7. Anabolic-androgenic steroids (“anabolic steroids”) are drugs that mimic the effects of thenaturally occurring steroids testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Anabolic steroids increase proteinsynthesis within cells, which results in the buildup of cellular tissue, especially in muscles.8. Anabolic steroids are used therapeutically in medicine to treat testosterone deficiencies,stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty, and treat chronic wasting conditions suchas AIDS. The use of anabolic steroids may enhance athletic performance in various ways, includingincreasing muscular tissue recovery time from strenuous exercise or injury. Anabolic steroids areknown as performance enhancing drugs (“PED” or “PEDs”).9. Anabolic steroids are commonly administered as an oral tablet or an injectable liquid.Injectable anabolic steroids are packaged in small vials that contain a premixed liquid that istypically white, yellowish, or clear in color. These anabolic steroids are commonly administered byintramuscular injection using a 22-gauge needle that is approximately one and a half inches long(sometimes referred to herein as a “long needle”).10. Under the federal criminal code, anabolic steroids were a Schedule III controlledsubstance and were available legally only through a physician’s prescription. It was illegal to possessor distribute anabolic steroids without a prescription. The use of anabolic steroids carries a risk of negative side effects, including but not limited to liver damage, heart damage, kidney damage,cancer, circulation problems, and psychiatric conditions such as mania.11. At all relevant times herein, and since at least no later than 1971, the use of prescription
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