Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy go lucky routine bad idea by Clemens

Roger Clemens acted like he did not have a care in the world on the day of his arraignment on perjury and other charges, laughing with his lawyers before the hearing and playing golf afterwards. It's the wrong approach, but not at all surprising from a very stubborn man.

What many people want to see from an athlete accused of a crime is a little humility, if not remorse. Acting like he is not at all worried about the charges against him is probably supposed to come off as evidence of his innocence. Instead, it seems like evidence of his arrogance, that he is not taking the case seriously.

What's worse is that Clemens doesn't seem the least bit sorry for the mess he will drag former friends such as Andy Pettitte (and Andy's wife Laura) into. He does not seem to care that his former teammates on the New York Yankees and other teams will be hounded by reporters over the next year whenever there are developments in the criminal case. He does not care that this case (and the Barry Bonds trial) will continue to cast light on a shameful period in baseball history.

Maybe this is just an act and Clemens is really worried about his freedom. But I think he might have so convinced himself that he will be acquitted that he doesn't care how the case plays out. He really should. Even if he's found not guilty, the case is going to be very bad for him, bringing things into the light that he'd probably rather not have public.

The happy-go-lucky approach is just not a good idea.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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