Roger Clemens, the former Houston Astro who was acquitted in June of charges he lied when testifying before Congress about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, plans to join the Sugar Land Skeeters.
The minor league baseball team is part of the Atlantic League, and it announced today that Clemens, of Houston, will join the team on Aug. 24 and pitch on Aug. 25.
Rusty Hardin, of Rusty Hardin & Associates in Houston, defended Clemens during the trial in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He says he didn’t negotiate Clemens’ baseball contract.
“I was totally uninvolved, but I think it’s just great, and I’m busily trying to get a ticket,” Hardin says.
Hardin refers questions about the Skeeters deal to Clemens’ agent, Randy Hendricks, of Hendricks Sports Management of Spring, but Hendricks did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
Clemens hasn’t pitched professionally for five years. This is the first season for the Skeeters, which play in Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
Hardin says that if he doesn’t see Clemens pitching for the Skeeters, he will see him in September, because Clemens has invited the trial team to a Toby Keith concert.
--- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys