Former star pitcher Roger Clemens will be arraigned today by the feds for lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He faces a potential 20 months in prison and a $1.5 million fine. Let's cut him some slack.
At the time Clemens allegedly took steroids, lots of players did, and the substances weren't even illegal in private MLB. Analysts like "The Baseball Economist" J.C. Bradbury have found no evidence suggesting Clemens' career benefited from the use of PEDs. The only suspicious-looking performance spike in his career happened at a time when no one alleges he was using any substances.
Clemens may have lied to Congress in 2008 about whether he used PEDs, but who cares? Congress shouldn't even be asking such questions.
Reason's Matt Welch calls it the usual Congressional grandstanding:
Please stop doing it on my dime.