There will be no winner in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens, wrote Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell before a mistrial was declared. Opening statements were made yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Boswell says that, “When the feds bring out photos of syringes with traces of steroids in them and say that the DNA belongs to you ‘to the exclusion of all other people on the planet,’ it's not a good start to the day for Clemens.
Defense attorney Rusty Hardin told the jury that Clemens’ only crime was having the bad judgment to stay connected with strength trainer Brian McNamee, the key government witness, for so long. Clemens contends that McNamee is a liar. Boswell concludes that “from baseball and its union, which ignored steroid use for 15 years, to Congress and prosecutors who know that such cases make headlines and careers, to a great pitcher who can never restore his reputation, this will be one final interminable summer of steroid sorrows. And, in the end, there will be no winner.”