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Former New York Yankees Pitcher Roger Clemens Acquitted on All Charges

June 19th, 2012 at 9:15 AM
By Dan Benton

Former MLB superstar Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied taking steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

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It took jurors close to 10 hours to reach a verdict after the 10 week trial that capped an extremely expensive five-year investigation. However, Clemens is not completely out of the water as he now faces a defamation suit courtesy of former friend and known steroid mule Brian McNamee.

In the mean time, former teammates of Clemens, like New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, are just happy this whole thing is finally over.

"I'm happy for Rocket," Jeter said. "I'm happy it is over with. I think that it is good for baseball that it is over with. We can stop talking about it for a little bit. I'm happy that everything turned out well for him."

Skipper Joe Girardi echoed Jeter's sentiments, saying "We are trying to move on from all of the stuff that we have went through the last 10 years with the PEDs. We can focus on the game at hand."

The first hearing of the McNamee defamation lawsuit will get underway sometime next week in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tags: Baseball, Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Roger Clemens

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