In the 48 hours since a jury acquitted Roger Clemens of all charges in his federal perjury trial, the former star pitcher has given three interviews to Houston media, one juror has spoken out about why the panel decided he was not guilty, and one witness has had his post-trial say as well.Clemens was cleared of three charges of making false statements, two charges of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress by a jury of eight women and four men. The verdict came late Monday afternoon after jurors had listened to 46 witnesses and hours of arguments from the government and the defense in a proceeding that lasted nine weeks since they first arrived at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They returned the verdicts in a little more than 10 hours of deliberations. Clemens was indicted in 2010 based on his February 2008 testimony in a deposition and a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was investigating baseball's problem with performance-enhancing drugs. Strength and conditioning trainer Brian McNamee told Mitchell Report investigators and testified before Congress and at the trial that he injected Clemens with steroids and human-growth hormone on numerous occasions in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Here's a quick look at developments since the verdict: Clemens was back home in Houston within hours of the verdict, clearly glad that an ordeal of more than four years was over. "We tried to do everything the government asked for. We opened up our arms, our house, everything they wanted," Clemens said in a radio interview with KILT-610 AM. "They went around the world looking for people to tie me to. They came up with one guy who painted himself as my personal trainer." Clemens, who is in the fifth year of a 10-year personal services contract with the Astros, also said in a television interview with KRIV-FOX 26 that Astros owner Jim Crane "reached out to some people close to me" about rejoining the organization and that he would "do whatever [Crane] asks me to do." Crane has also said he would welcome Clemens back. "I'm happy he got a good result, and we look forward to talking to him soon," Crane said. "Any time you get a Roger Clemens in the mix, you'd have to welcome him back with open arms."
As he said in all three interviews and as he was walking away from his press conference following the verdict, being elected to the Hall of Fame -- he is eligible for the first time on the upcoming 2013 ballot -- was not his primary focus in fighting the charges."That would be a great honor and a special accomplishment, but that isn't why I played," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I don't know the voters and I don't know if they know me. If they do, they know what I put into this." One juror has shared her thoughts since the verdict. Joyce Robinson-Paul, a retired employee of the federal government, now an activist for District of Columbia voting rights, told the New York Daily News, "The defense showed that McNamee was a liar and once that was done, nothing that he said could hold up." "You have these cutthroat thieves, murderers, drug dealers and drug addicts and you decide to go after somebody who had a reputation for trying to do his best and be the best that he can be, and you attack him," Robinson-Paul also told The News. Newsday also spoke with Robinson-Paul, who added that the evidence McNamee turned over to the government -- vials, needles, syringes and medical waste kept in a beer can and a mailing box more than six years -- was not believable to the jury. "You got six years of something in a can and you're going to bring that forth and use that as evidence? My God," she said. Incidentally, Robinson-Paul is the juror who was subject of concerns that she was possibly sleeping through parts of the trial. The Daily News also interviewed Kirk Radomski, the steroids dealer who became a government cooperator and testified at the trial. "I didn't want to see anybody go to jail, but the verdict had nothing to do with the truth. Clemens may have got away with it but when he dies he'll still have to answer to his maker," Radomski told the Daily News. The Chronicle reported that defense attorney Rusty Hardin and members of Clemens' defense team met with jurors after the verdict at a sports bar not far from the courthouse, and that the ones they met thought the evidence was "worthless" and that the government's conduct in the case "outraged" them. "They didn't like anything about the case," Hardin told the Chronicle.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.