Jemele Hill should write shorter articles

Fresh off her disaster of an article about Andy Pettitte, Jemele Hill of espn.com has attempted to tackle Roger Clemens. Unfortunately, the article is much longer this time, so I’m not going to break it down in its entirety. I’m just giving you the lowlights. Trust me, it was all pretty mind numbing.

You didn’t believe that, did you?

What? That a company that claims to be the “worldwide leader in sports” allowed you to write another article about something you know nothing about? If so, then yes, I don’t believe it!

Fraud-ger Clemens was about as believable as Michael Corleone when he tried to convince Kay he didn’t kill Carlo.

Fraud-ger, huh? So let me guess… you think Clemens is guilty?

Clemens did nothing to exonerate himself in his “60 Minutes” interview with Mike Wallace that aired Sunday night or in his overly defensive news conference Monday.

If this is all a lie, Roger Clemens risks a level of outrage, retribution and disgust that would put him in some pretty infamous company.
Anyone who has ever cheated in a relationship knows the best way to hide cheating is out in the open. That seems to be the defense Clemens is running.

Alright, so because you know how to cheat on your boyfriend we are to assume you know that Clemens is lying?

[…] Ultimately, that phone call and everything Clemens has done the last two days has been pointless. That phone call proved nothing, but added to the growing list of doubts about Clemens’ innocence.

Added to the list of doubts? I understand if you’re not convinced. But you want us to believe that by doing everything in his power to prove his innocence that Clemens has made himself more obviously guilty? What about all the players who were named and said nothing? Are they clean?

You’d think if a guy was trying to ruin your livelihood, Fraud-ger would have dropped a couple choice four- and 10-letter cuss words on him, or simply never have taken the call. You would think, at some point, Fraud-ger would have implored McNamee to tell the truth and wouldn’t have given a care if McNamee’s son was sick. Instead, Fraud-ger acted as if McNamee had borrowed a DVD and didn’t return it.

So if you were fighting with a former close friend, you wouldn’t care if their child was sick? It’s one thing to be a terrible journalist but another to be cruel.

[…]Telling the truth never has been an option for Fraud-ger, given what he loses if McNamee’s allegations are somehow proven true beyond their he-said-he-said nature. This is a man who has built his livelihood on not only being a dominant pitcher, but a good guy, a tough guy and a real American. He has sold his values just as much as his fastball.

So Clemens has nothing to lose by fighting this… but has everything to lose.

[…]Perhaps the most comical part of the interview with Wallace was when Clemens tried to argue that taking steroids and HGH would never have been beneficial to his career. So, Fraud-ger, you mean Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds and the litany of other athletes who have been connected to performance-enhancing drugs are allegedly endangering their reputations for a product that doesn’t pay off? HGH, which many doctors claim is akin to a fountain of youth, is reportedly being bought on the black market by at least dozens of athletes because it doesn’t do anything?

Actually, that’s not really true. Doctors claim they don’t really know for certain the long-term effects of HGH. It’s a new drug. Also, why can’t Clemens say they wouldn’t have helped him? He didn’t say “steroids and HGH wouldn’t help Jose Conseco.” And even if Clemens is wrong, cut the guy a break. If doctors don’t even fully know the effects of HGH, how would Clemens?

[…]Clemens reiterated Monday he didn’t know Andy Pettitte took HGH, but that hardly passes the smell test. Your best friend, who used the same trainer as you, who worked out with you on a regular basis, took HGH and you had no idea?

This is really going over old material, but if Pettitte tried something for 2 days, there is no way that Clemens’ wouldn’t have known?

Fraud-ger is in full blustering and hustling mode, but there is so much we don’t know. Fact is, Fraud-ger has no credible answers for why, McNamee, a former police officer who we learn from the phone call clearly idolizes Clemens, would tell the truth about Pettitte, but lie about Clemens? Of all the hindparts to stick a needle in, why would McNamee point out Clemens’? What would he have to gain by fingering a man many consider to be the best pitcher ever?

Precisely. What would he have to gain? Probably more for calling out perhaps the best pitcher ever than for naming someone who nobody cares about. And guess what would have happened if he didn’t appease the government? He would have gone to jail. If you want to talk about Clemens’ endgame here, let’s talk about McNamee’s. He truly had no choice. Clemens could have refused comment like so many before him and while he might have taken a gigantic hit to his public reputation, he wouldn’t be going to jail.

And that’s great that McNamee used to be a police officer. He must always tell the truth then. Oh wait, except that he lied to investigators when being accused of rape in 2001. And he has lied to reporters on numerous occasions. But now he’s telling the truth. Because he used to be a cop.

Fraud-ger has no rational explanation for not talking to Mitchell when he had the chance. Fraud-ger claimed he had no idea he would be named in the report — which is hard to believe since his name was previously connected in a newspaper report to the Jason Grimsley affidavit, albeit erroneously. Wouldn’t you want to talk to Mitchell to clear up any possible misconceptions?

No rational explanation? Buster Olney (who writes for the same website as you) had a pretty damn good one:

A recurring question is why Clemens or any other player named in the report simply didn’t come forward and meet with Mitchell investigators, once he was asked to do so. Part of the reason was uncertainty about what they were going to be asked, and uncertainty about what George Mitchell’s version of due process was going to be.

Two days before the Mitchell report was released, a veteran agent described the concern: “Imagine if you got a summons to appear in court next Tuesday, but nobody would tell you why. Nobody would tell you what the charges are, nobody will tell you anything about the evidence being presented, and nobody will tell you who the witnesses are. When you have a case in court, there is a time of discovery so you can prepare a case. There was nothing like that, in any way, with the Mitchell people.”

The Mitchell people were very vague when they asked to speak to Clemens. They never even mentioned McNamee. Can you honestly say that you would have agreed to meet with them?

Brilliant of Clemens to turn the allegations against him into a sob story, telling Wallace he chewed the painkiller Vioxx “like Skittles,” to help his team. Telling those at the news conference that he only reached out to McNamee because of his sick son. When he talked to Wallace, he also resorted to using one of the most over-used clichés because, frankly, Fraud-ger is in a bad spot.

“I don’t know if I can defend myself,” Clemens said. “I think people — a lot of people have already made their decisions. And that’s our country, isn’t it? Guilty before innocence — that’s the way our country works now.”

Funny you would include this quote, because it describes what you are doing, exactly. Nowhere in this long and tiresome article is there even the slightest bit of evidence to support that Clemens is lying. But Clemens is guilty.

I honestly don’t really even care if Clemens is guilty or not at this point. So many athletes, at some level, be it high school, college, or professionally, have experiemented with performance enhancing drugs, that attempting to dig into the past is completely futile. The only thing to do moving forward is to create better testing and a better policy. That’s it.

For this to mean anything, not only do we need to know exactly to what level Clemens used PEDs, but also how many steroid enhanced batters he faced.

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