Why did the Department of Justice just spend an estimated $2 to 3 million prosecuting former Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens when we’re in the midst of a financial crisis? The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin appeared on MSNBC’s NewsNation to question the government’s role in overseeing professional sports, and how its efforts are being misapplied by pursuing perjury charges instead of monitoring the health of athletes.

—Max Rivlin-Nadler