After a five-year investigation, a 10-week trial, and a 10-hour jury deliberation, Roger Clemens can finally breathe a sigh of relief today—he has been acquitted of all charges.
The former Longhorn was charged with obstruction, perjury, and making false statements after testifying in front of Congress in 2008. In that testimony, Clemens claimed to have never used performance-enhancing drugs during his lengthy baseball career.
Known as one of the best pitchers in baseball history, the potential Hall-of-Famer—his name will grace the ballot this year—is the recipient of seven Cy Young Awards.
While at UT, Clemens led the Longhorns to two consecutive Southwest Conference titles and a National Championship title in 1983. He was the first UT player to ever have his jersey number, 21, retired.
“I’m very thankful,” Clemens said after hearing the verdict. “It’s been a hard five years.”
Clemens throws a pitch at UT’s annual alumni baseball game. Photo courtesy UT Athletics.