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Roger Clemens Sues Ex-Trainer January 7, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, MLB, Sports.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Roger Clemens has filed a defamation lawsuit against former friend and trainer Brian McNamee:

In a defamation lawsuit filed Sunday night, Roger Clemens claims Brian McNamee, his longtime trainer and chief accuser of steroid abuse, was threatened with jail if he didn’t connect the pitcher to steroids.

The lawsuit was filed electronically with the Harris County civil courts Sunday evening just before CBS locally aired Clemens’ interview on 60 Minutes.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever get the naysayers back. I don’t know what I’m going to get. Maybe some of my name back,” a frustrated Clemens said Sunday. Clemens said this lawsuit will not keep him from testifying before Congress, which he plans to do without asking for immunity or invoking any rights.

The former Houston Astro is being called to testify about McNamee’s allegations that the trainer injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormones between 1998 and 2001.

The lawsuit doesn’t request a specific dollar amount and Clemens’ Houston lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said they filed the suit not to get money, but to clear Clemens’ name and discover how the allegations against Clemens came about.

Hardin said they want to learn exactly what was done and not done by federal agents and other investigators who helped U.S. Sen. George Mitchell implicate Clemens in a report on steroid use for Major League Baseball.

“This has ruined Roger’s reputation with a large percentage of the public,” said Hardin.

“All of McNamee’s accusations are false and defamatory per se,” the lawsuit states. “They are not true, and they injured Clemens’ reputation and exposed him to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury. McNamee made the allegations with actual malice, knowing they were false.”

Clemens’ lawsuit also asks a Texas court to declare that he has not defamed McNamee. McNamee’s New York lawyers have threatened to sue Clemens for defamation, depending what Clemens said on 60 Minutes.

Hardin said Clemens, following the advice of his lawyer, agents and others, waited almost a month since the Mitchell Report was made public to sue McNamee.

“We kept thinking McNamee might change his mind and come to his senses and admit he was lying,” Hardin said. But, Hardin said, instead McNamee arranged to talk to Clemens Friday and, rather than getting back to Clemens as promised, their conversation was leaked “with spin” to Newsday.

The lawsuit first details all the McNamee allegations in the Mitchell Report. The lawsuit said a link between steroids and Clemens’ success “is untrue and maliciously ignores Clemens’ consistent record-setting performances before and after” the years McNamee alleges the wrongdoing.




1. The Mixtape Monster - January 7, 2008

Clemens has always seemed like kind of an arrogant douchebag to me. Stinks too, because he’s famous for wearing my favorite number (22). I don’t know how much merit this lawsuit will have, my guess is he was def doing some shady stuff that may not have been illegal at the time, but probably should have been, or is illegal now.

I don’t know if I’d go as far as Curt Shilling and say he should relinquish his Cy Young Awards (after all, HGH wasn’t technically illegal then), but he should def NOT be a first ballot HOFer if this turns out true.

2. Sportsattitude - January 7, 2008

I think this is another part of the Clemens’ marketing strategy to file a lawsuit with no real intent of following through. Expect a lot more “noise” to come out of this from all sides…but until I see his butt sitting somewhere swearing under oath what he did and didn’t do, it’s not relevant. Always been uninterested in punishing or even forbidding this stuff from being used so obviously I’m hoping all of this will just go away someday. Wishful thinking on my part as the Hall of Fame voting each year for the rest of my life and beyond will include people wondering “did he” or “didn’t he.” Baseball isn’t smart enough to just shut up about all of this – which they did while it was going on long enough, didn’t they – and let it go.

3. ghettophilosopher - January 7, 2008

So lets see; Mcnamee names Pettite and Clemens and Pettite admits he was right. Now Mr. Clemens expect us to believe that Mcnamee lied about him but not about Pettite. Gimme a break.

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