Miggi's case isn't perjury -- it's that, according to ESPN legal analyst Roger Kossack, he spoke with a federal agent in 2006, and the agent believes he lied. He compared it to the case of Martha Stewart, and as we all know, she wound up in prison.
Tejada could face 15-21 months in prison if he's found to have lied to the agent. The sports fan in me immediately thinks, "Boy, we traded that guy just in time."
But the human being in me sees Tejada as a somewhat unfortunate cautionary tale. Do I really think Miguel Tejada deserves to wind up in court and face prison time? No, I don't. Outside of speaking with a federal agent and maybe lying when doing so, he's (allegedly) done nothing that hundreds of other players haven't.
But it goes without saying: If you speak to a federal agent, you sort of have to tell the truth. If he didn't, it's his own fault.
Having his brother pass away on the same day as all of this coming down on him is just horrible, and we again send our best wishes to our former shortstop.
And good luck, Astros fans.
Tejada links: Richard Justice at the Houston Chronicle is enraged, but Houston owner Drayton McLane isn't so quick to judge Miggi. Of course, McLane is the owner that seems least willing -- of those saying anything -- to acknowledge PEDs being the problem that they are.