Lawyer: Clemens ‘Not Naive’ Over Reax To Verdict


CBS Cleveland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens’ victory in court should win over some of the fans who were previously convinced that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner used performance-enhancing drugs, according to his lawyer.

Rusty Hardin told The Associated Press that Clemens’ reputation will always be tainted by drug-related allegations, even though a jury found the former pitcher not guilty of lying to Congress about steroids and human growth hormone.

Clemens adamantly denied using either substance at a 2008 congressional hearing and added that “no matter what we discuss here today, I’m never going to have my name restored.”

Hardin said that’s still the case.

“Roger is not naive,” Hardin said in a telephone interview this week. “I was saying that if 85 percent thought he was guilty before, then this verdict might move the needle to 50 percent.”

Clemens was exonerated on all six charges on June 18, capping a…

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