Yesterday I put the congressional testimony of Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee on TV while I was working. I like to hear things like that first hand so I can draw my own conclusions.
I know one of the men is lying. I just don't know who.
On the one hand you have a man who has nothing to gain by lying in Brian McNamee. He even has two other people agreeing with his story.
Then there is Roger Clemens. One of the best pitchers, if not the best, to toss the ball. What does he gain by lying? Well, everything. If we believe Clemens then his career has not been wasted, he is an auto entry to the Hall of Fame, and his name lives on forever.
Clemens is either telling the truth or is a great liar. I want to believe him, but as I write this I'm realizing he is wrong in my opinion. It is hard to believe everyone else around Clemens, including his wife, was getting shots except himself.
Why do I care?
I guess because when I watch a sporting event I want to believe the athletes I'm giving my money to are deserving to be in the game. I want to believe I'm seeing athletes performing at the highest level. I want to know and see the best. Just like I wouldn't go to a doctor that bought their degree instead of earned it after years of schooling.
These drugs are illegal for reasons I'm sure to protect us. I don't have to live with Roger Clemens, he has to live with himself. Only he and his trainer know the truth. Maybe he can't handle the truth.