U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton reminded Roger Clemens today not to discuss his perjury trial, set for July.
Walton ordered all parties in the case to review his gag order from last August prohibiting public comments that could prejudice potential jurors. Walton said Clemens’ comments were close to the line, but did not violate a gag order he imposed. In an ESPN Radio interview last week during Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Invitational golf tournament in Las Vegas, Clemens spoke mostly about Barry Bonds’ perjury trial in San Francisco.
“I have no idea about Barry’s situation,” Clemens told ESPN (via the New York Daily News). “I have no idea about Barry’s situation. I don’t pay attention to that.”
One of Clemens’ lawyers, Joe Roden, attends the Bonds trial each day. “We’re doing everything that we need to do,” Clemens said. “Guys have been popping off and running their mouth, talking like they know the situation and they don’t. We have to take it on the chin a little bit right now, but we’ll have our say eventually.”
The interviewer piqued Clemens when he asked about what friends and associates, presumably Andy Pettitte, have said about him. “You’re wrong again. Alls you have to do is know how how to read.You know how to read?” Clemens asked. “Read. That’s all you have to do. Get inside all that stuff and read. I’m not going to get into it because I can’t get into it.”
Walton said those who violate his order will be held in contempt of court and face possible fines and jail time.