Like oil and water, the latest gaffe by the US Government, the innocent verdict on all charges announced yesterday in regard to the Roger Clemens perjury case, shows that big brother and sports just don't mix.
On the hunt for Clemens since 2007 — when he was first mentioned in the Mitchell Report on drug use in baseball — followed by famously and vehemently disavowing any link to steroids and human growth hormone at a nationally televised hearing in 2008, the government has sank an untold amount of funds and over 90 people in total into shaping a case against the former pitcher that sank faster than the Titanic when presented with the iceberg that is reality. This misuse of money our country doesn't have in an area that they shouldn't have been delving into in the first place, is yet another black mark against the leaders of this country.
"It was a tremendous waste of federal resources," said Stanley Brand, a long-time Washington defense attorney who was counsel to the House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983. "The juries that acquitted these people weren't persuaded by any of this. That's the man on the street."
With this colossal failure, the governments third high profile sports case to not yield fruit after failing to convict Barry Bonds on anything but a technicality and wasting two years investigating Lance Armstrong, the Justice Department has seen the light and will leave these type of cases to other agencies more geared towards them. In the future, expect for any high profile sports cases like these to be handled by agencies like the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who filed formal accusations last week against Armstrong that could strip the cyclist of his seven Tour de France victories.
In the end, like with Bonds and Armstrong, we are left to our own opinions on whether or not they and Clemens used performance-enhancing anything. But in all honesty, I'm okay with that; especially knowing that money won't be wasted trying to police sports in the future, and that it may be used for something more productive — like fixing social security or feeding the hungry.
Hey, it's OK to dream big, isn't it?
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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