Will Bonds bashers bang on Clemens?
Barry Bonds, allegedly, took steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BACLO) and used it to help him break the most hallowed record in sports â€” Hank Aaron's home run record.
Barry Bonds, allegedly, cheated on his wife for years before anyone found out. A few years later the woman sued Bonds and claimed she had vital information in regards to his steroid use.
Bonds was ceremoniously destroyed in the media, some say because he had a long time reputation for being a jerk, which is probably true. He was called a cheater, liar, thug and as my granny used to say "anything but a child of god."
Roger Clemens, allegedly, took steroids and HGH from his long-time friend and personal trainer Brian McNamee. He used the drugs to prolong a career that many thought was over when he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in the mid-90's. He became "the rocket" â€” againâ€” and pitched until this past season, 2007.
Roger Clemens, allegedly, cheated on his wife and had a ten-year affair with country singer Mindy McCready. Clemens, par of the course, had his lawyer issue a denial.
"Mindy McCready is a longtime family friend of Roger Clemens and the Clemens family," Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement Monday.
"At no time did Roger engage in any kind of inappropriate or improper relationship with her. It is unfortunate that the Daily News has chosen to report anonymous allegations that are completely unfounded, have no basis in fact, and have nothing to do with Roger's baseball career or the issue of steroid use in baseball."
McCready disagreed with Hardin.
"I cannot refute anything in the story," McCready told the New York Daily News, the paper who broke the story. "I have known Roger Clemens for a long time."
So the questions are: Will Clemens receive the same venom and vitriol that was lauded on Bonds? Will his name be refined to the deepest, darkest corners of the MLB office like Bonds? Or will he get the "I'm-a-super-great-white-hero" pass?
I think you know the answer...