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Clemens indicted on perjury rap over steroids testimony

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Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens may be benched for a long time.

On Thursday, former Yankee Roger Clemens was charged with lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs.

"This is a never-ending nightmare," said Robert Boland, a sports management professor at NYU. "The steroid era was seemingly gone, but now it's all coming back with Clemens."

The charges stem from his 2008 testimony before a House committee, when he said: "I have never taken steroids or HGH."

It's the latest and perhaps biggest black eye from baseball's lingering steroid scandal.

Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens more than a dozen times.

"It just adds to the negative feeling people have about big-league baseball in connection with cheating," said baseball expert Bill Mead.

On Thursday, Clemens tweeted: "I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations."

Clemens, 48, is charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury.

The Rocket joins home run king Barry Bonds, who was also indicted for perjury regarding steroid use in 2007 and is awaiting trial.

"As far as records go, if there's proof they used steroids, you gotta put a big ol' asterisk next to it," said Yankee fan Brian Sheehan, 51, of Floral Park.

But for Boland, the damage to baseball is already done. "It's a sad day for a sport when the two best players of my generation have such dark clouds over them."

(With Joe Gerace and AP)

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