February 14, 2008
The truth will set you free
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
As Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee raised their right hands and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth before Congress yesterday, I cringed.
Lies would be told this day, under oath.
If it is the Rocket who is not being truthful, as the court of public opinion seems to think, yesterday could be the day he made a major life mistake.
Through this hearing, all I could think of was how much I admire Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch. Yes, I admire the two players who found themselves before Congress, facing the music, admitting performance-enhancing drug use. Interesting how this is now refreshing!
They admitted they cheated and, in doing so, confirmed McNamee's testimony about injecting them with HGH.
I can forgive a cheater who admits his wrongdoing -- subsequently, I have little or no sympathy for those who defend their positions in the faces of ever-growing piles of evidence. Barry Bonds, for example.
The overwhelming majority agree that it is better for your career, and therefore legacy, to admit you "juiced" rather than utter denials that leave more questions than answers.
Pettitte and Knoblauch did what so few seem to find the personal power to do.
Admitting to performance-enhancing drugs might bring immediate negative press and an uncomfortable spotlight. However, it also brings the player in question the ability to move on.
Just ask Pettitte and Knoblauch today how the truth is truly a path of least resistance .
Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, it is widely known, are like brothers, but even given their close relationship, Pettitte would not lie. He swears that in 1999 or 2000 Clemens told him that he did indeed take HGH. Clemens rebuts that his friend must have "misremembered."
Confused? You are not alone. After Wednesday's hearing the only real truth is that the odds of us ever knowing the real Roger Clemens steroid story is about as slim as the sidestreets of Toronto these wintry days.
-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.