Former baseball star Roger Clemens was indicted Thursday for lying to Congress about his use of Human Growth Hormone, but the real reasons behind this colossal waste of time and money have very little to do with the actual lie.
The famous are often seen as different from all of us. We often alter our opinions and expectations based on the reasons for the notoriety. Actresses are generally portrayed as mentally vacant party animals and Formula 1 drivers as vain and distant. The excusability factor is completely variant based on a person's occupation, and baseball has a certain set of rules that the public accepts because it is a sport that most of us have played. It is considered wholesome because children engage in it, and those who play it for a living are expected to further the image of America's great pastime.
When Roger Clemens entered the professional ranks, we were treated to not only strikeouts, but the image of the good old Texas hayseed who seemed sent from heaven itself. His off-field antics were excused because he entertained us and gave us someone to cheer for on a weekly basis. We were more than willing to forget the business of baseball with every fastball. We forgot that Roger Clemens is a human being and instead viewed him as a product, a character as automatic as the ones in Playstation games, and we were wrong.
Roger Clemens is most indeed a man, and one much like us. He is afflicted with the same insecurities that we all have. When his mind told him that he could lose his job, he did whatever he could to avoid that happening; baseball had no rules against the use of pharmaceuticals at the time. He risked his health to give the fans exactly what they wanted and pad his bank account. To us, Roger Clemens played a wholesome game, but to him, he was fighting for a job.