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Saturday, 16 February 2008 11:09
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 NEW YORK (AP) -The Rev. Al Sharpton believes the government has been pursuing black athletes more aggressively than white athletes in scandals over performance-enhancing drugs.
In his weekly address to followers in Harlem on Saturday, Sharpton compared the treatment of home run king Barry Bonds to that of star pitcher Roger Clemens
Sharpton said the members of Congress who questioned Clemens at Wednesday's hearing acted as if ``they were at a fan club meeting.''
``You've got to understand that the fight has always been about the criminalization of black men,'' Sharpton said.
Bonds was indicted last year on a charge that he perjured himself while testifying before a grand jury investigating criminal steroids distribution by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
Clemens has been accused by a former trainer of taking steroids and human growth hormone, an allegation he denied during sworn testimony before Congress.
 

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