Late Thursday night, Lance Armstrong announced he will no longer fight charges of using performance enhancing drugs during his career brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He maintains he is innocent, but is weary of the 10 years he's spent battling doping allegations.
Baseball great, Roger Clemens, has been indicted for lying to Congress. What does this mean for baseball and for the player? For more background, we talk to Nathaniel Vinton, an investigative sports reporter with The New York Daily News. He also co-authored, "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime."
"Roger Clemens is one of the greatest baseball players of his generation," says Vinton. However, if you look at his career you can see that the ball player had a renaissance at age 35, which is when he started using performance enhancing drugs, according to his trainer.
American cyclist Floyd Landis, who won the Tour de France and was then stripped of the title because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs has accused other top American cyclists of blood doping, including Lance Armstrong. In a letter to cycling officials, Landis outlines an extensive doping ring that involvd illegal drugs, testosterone and blood transfusions.
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A new book charges famed pitcher Roger Clemens with using steroids. So Clemens made the ESPN rounds denying once again that his trainer Brian McNamee ever injected him with steroids. The book, American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime reports extensively on Clemens' use of banned substances and claims he lied under oath to Congress about it. Nathaniel Vinton, one of the book's authors and a journalist for the New York Daily News investigative sports team, joins The Takeaway to talk about his former idol's downfall. The same characteristics that made Clemens successful, Vinton says, ultimately brought him down.
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