A Democratic congressman asked the FBI on Wednesday to drop its investigation into Roger Clemens because the pitching great had suffered enough from the probe into steroid use.
In a letter to US General Attorney Michael Mukasey, Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner said, "Roger Clemens has been shamed. I think the public record is replete with examples of how he did not likely tell the truth. What is the public benefit of continuing with an FBI investigation? Whether or not Roger Clemens may have committed perjury should not compete with real national security threats for the FBI’s time, attention and resources."
Um, OK. Whatever.
Maybe I’m naive in thinking rich, famous, influential people sometimes don’t get prosecuted for certain crimes because of the fact they are rich, famous, and influential. But give me a break. Drop the charges because "he’s suffered enough?"
Let’s think about it this way. I am an influential, rich, and famous sports, political, or Hollywood figure. I murdered someone. I am feeling incredibly sorry and guilty about it. I want to take back what I did. I wish it had never happened. But instead of admitting I committed the crime, which would show that I truly want to make things right and humble myself, I lie about it. I find the best attorney money can buy, and we present a good case, lies and all. Bad news, though. I talked about the crime to my friend when I was drunk one night, and he remembers. Oops. I don’t change my story, but I wish I could. Instead, I lie more because I am prideful. I am in great emotional, mental, and maybe even spiritual and physical, turmoil. Does the turmoil I am in make up for the crime I committed? Is the suffering I endure justice? I would dare to say the family of the murder victim wouldn’t consider that justice enough.
Lying under oath is not as serious a crime as murder, but by not pursuing the investigation, wouldn’t the Justice Department just be encouraging people to lie under oath? Roger Clemens may not have murdered anyone, but he took illegal drugs, most likely lied about it, and all for what? He was already a great pitcher, but he was greedy; he wanted immortal status. Now he has lost the respect of generations of baseball fans, writers, and maybe even the Hall of Fame, set an awful example for kids, and brought his own crimes upon his family. His immortal status is gone.
What do you think? Do you think Clemens is being punished too harshly, or being made an example of? Do you think law makers should leave the situation alone and let Bud Selig and Major League Baseball handle it? (Excuse me while I have a good laugh at that one…)
David Ortiz is in the house, and what a happy house it will be with him. How can you NOT like this guy? He comes off his best career year (.332 avg, 117 RBIs, 35 home runs, 149 games), where he was playing with a perpetually nagging knee injury, and is ecstatic to be back in Fort Myers. Papi is such a breath of fresh air in this day of narcissistic professional athletes. He never complains, has no mental and no steroid baggage, and always has the best smile. Except when you’re the opposing team’s pitcher. Then he just looks like a big, mean, hungry, ball eating gorilla.
Look at that Big Papi smile! Gosh, what a wimpy sized photo though. Hmmm. I should figure out how to beef it up.