If you are interested in the current Major League Baseball furor over the George Mitchell Report, you will want to watch the 60 Minutes interview with Roger Clemens.
Clemens vehemently denies using steroids or human growth hormone of any kind. Of all the accused so far, no one has come out swinging like Clemens. During the interview he says he might be willing to take a lie detector test (which I think he'd be nuts to do, I don't think those things are reliable). Watching the interview swayed me back to the Rocket's corner, for now.
Roger Clemens isn't a dummy, but he's not a calculated lawyer either. His raw reaction to this is very believable. He put himself at significant legal risk by such a clear denial, something Mark "I'm not here to talk about the past" McGwire and Barry "I thought it was flaxseed oil" Bonds have not been willing to do. Listening to the interview gives the impression this is genuine guy who's just plain ticked off that such accusations have been made.
To follow up this interview, Clemens filed suit this morning against Brian McNamee, the only one to claim knowledge of Clemens' alleged steroid use. Filing suit is a powerful statement, again, not one of the other probable users have taken such a dramatic, costly step.
Finally, and unfortunately (I think the government needs to stay out of this), Congress has now "invited" Clemens and McNamee (and some others) to testify before them concerning the steroids problem in MLB. I don't know if Clemens will comply with this, but the way he came out firing on the 60 Minutes interview, I wouldn't be surprised. The McNamee lawsuit might limit what he can say before Congress right now.
For now, I support Roger Clemens denial and look forward to seeing this unfold. Roger has plenty of money to spend to preserve his name, so it should be interesting. If the accusation proves to be false, I think it's a pretty big travesty for a guy who had one of the most amazing careers in the history of baseball. Furthermore, it will cause me deeper suspicion about the motivation of George "BoSox Director" Mitchell in deciding to include the Clemens "evidence". It seems odd that only one person will testify that Clemens used, yet Mitchell spent 3-4 pages giving that testimony. Most of the other accused players in the Mitchell report had multiple testimonies of using, if not cancelled checks to prove their guilt. Seems fishy to me.
Go get'em Rocket!