SUGAR LAND, Texas — Roger Clemens says he can only speculate at why Lance Armstrong decided to stop fighting charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.
“I guess he’s just fed up with it,” said Clemens, who’s scheduled to pitch on Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent-league team.
“I don’t know anything about it. I do know Lance, I’ve met him a couple of times. He’s been real gracious for me, and was able to sign a few things for my foundation. I’m a Lance Armstrong fan, but I think just got fed up with it. You can only do so much, I guess.”
Clemens was accused by former personal trainer Brian McNamee of PED use, and the Justice Department delved into whether Clemens had lied under oath. In 2010, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress. He was acquitted on all counts in June.
Clemens has largely stayed out of the public spotlight until now.
“It wasn’t a grind for me,” Clemens said. “If any of you guys holding these cameras or microphones, if I saw you guys doing something and somebody accused you of something, and one person says that, I would hate for that to happen to anybody standing here.”