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Should there be criminal punishment for
steroid use?

Sources say former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens is to be indicted on charges of perjury for lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancement drugs. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  August 19, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Your question is flawed on so many levels.

First, he's not being indicted for steroid use. He's being indicted for perjury.

Second, there is no criminal punishment for simply using steroids. One may use steroids if legally prescribed. Doctors prescribe and patients consume steroids every day.

If he obtained the drugs without a prescription or otherwise obtained and/or used them illegally, then yes. Obviously there should be criminal penalties associated with violating a criminal statute. Whether that penalty is imprisonment or a fine or both is open for discussion.

Posted by: feasors | August 19, 2010 2:35 PM

Roger Clemens is being indicted for lying to Congress. But the bankers, investment advisors, and businessmen who lie to Congress on a regular basis get off scot-free. Of course, they are the ones who have purchased Congress, and so will not be questioned.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | August 19, 2010 4:30 PM

This is just nuts. I don't like the Rocket, or the steroid era in baseball and sports, but I would think that the government has better things to spend their time on. Show me one senator or congressman who has not lied, under oath. Oh, they probably don't exist. This is just a waste of taxpayer money and just makes us an even bigger laughing stock to the world.

Posted by: jtsw | August 19, 2010 5:19 PM

Through him in jail, and all the other overpaid athletes.
Sports big waste of time and energy.

Posted by: jama452 | August 20, 2010 10:10 AM

Generally, I don't think steroid users should go to jail, although some form of criminal punishment is appropriate in some cases.

That said, Clemens had a lot of time to decide whether/what to say to Congress and he made a foolish, prideful decision. Boz's column pretty much nails it.

Posted by: dunnhomer | August 20, 2010 10:50 AM

He may have to pay a fine, and even do community service (PSAs?), but I'm betting he won't serve any time. He's a celebrity. Of course, Robert Blake and OJ were indicted for worse crimes, and both got off free, but this involves drugs.

Posted by: Sutter | August 20, 2010 11:17 AM

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