Former Yankee Roger Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges that he lied before Congress two years ago regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens faces 15-21 months in prison under federal sentencing guidleines if he is convicted of the following charges: one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury.
Jorge Posada and Lance Berkman, who played with Clemens in Houston, were both supportive of Clemens on Thursday. Berkman said: "I don't care what happens. I love the guy."
Posada said he is still good friends with Clemens and would be supportive.
Phil Hughes, Thursday's starter for the Yankees, said he doesn't look at Clemens any differently after the news of the indictment.
Derek Jeter also remains good friends wirth Clemens. Jeter declined to comment on Thursday.
Even Joe Girardi, who played with Clemens, declined to comment, saying he wanted to wait "until all is said and done."
An interesting angle in the Yankees' clubhouse will be Andy Pettitte, who, along with former trainer Brian McNamee, will be a star witness for the government.
Pettitte supported McNamee's accusations that Clemens took PEDs. Pettitte, in an affidavit to Congress, spoke about a conversation he and Clemens had in 1999 or 2000 in which Clemens said he had taken human growth hormone (HGH). Clemens then famously told Congress that Pettitte "misremembers things."
Pettitte declined to comment on Thursday. But he's going to have to address this somehow in the near future or it's going to become a distraction. Let's see what happens Friday.