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Shocker: the Supreme Court refuses to revive Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against Brian McNamee

Jun 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

Roger Clemens

You know, if Roger Clemens had just shut up, or at least offered a general “the Mitchell Report was wrong” kind of comment three and a half years ago, he’d be off golfing right now without a care in the world.

But he didn’t. He went on a PR blitz and then sued Brian McNamee for defamation.  That suit got tossed, Brian McNamee sued him back, and then they both got called before Congress, who realized that they could make some hay out of all of the grass Clemens was providing.  And that’s why he’s being prosecuted for perjury now.

And his last chance to get anything positive out of that for himself — that suit against McNamee — is now gone, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that it is unwilling to overturn the lower court’s ruling tossing Clemens’ suit.

See you at your criminal trial, Rocket!

  1. yankeesgameday - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Incoming plea deal.

    • nudeman - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Not so fast yankeesgameday

      A plea deal would make far too much sense, Roger is too dumb, and his attorney is impossibly star struck and too incompetent to advise him to plea out. (“Hey! More oppty to be on camera!!)

      I have zero compassion for Clemens. He dug his own grave by taking steroids and HGH, lying about it, throwing Pettit and McNamee under the bus, signing Rusty Hardin as his attorney, going on that ridiculous tour of Congress the days before his voluntary testimony/pack of lies, and then performing like a clown under oath.

      He’s a liar, a philanderer, a cheat and I hope he goes to the slammer for 5 years. Sorry.

      • headbeeguy - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        I’ll be defending you on the charge of…lying to Congress! Wow! Even if I lose I’ll be famous!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      you couldnt be more wrong

      • bobwsc - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        no “for reasons x, y and z”?

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I don’t think the Rocket has ever learned anything from life.
    You would have thought that a simpleton who could pitch mightily would have heard an old Texas axiom “Let sleeping dogs lay”. Not even enough intelligence to learn to be a “good ol’ boy”.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Stop wasting the high court’s time, Roger! They have important business to do like politicizing class certification decisions with respect to gender discrimination suits and making sure the kids can buy Modern Warfare 3 in California.

  4. natstowngreg - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Why Rusty Hardin (Clemens’ lawyer) would allow his client to even appeal to the Supreme Court is beyond me. It must have taken the Court 5 seconds to decide to ignore it.

    Today’s Washington Post had a very lengthy article about the video games decision, and items on the Court’s other decisions. Clemens’ name does not appear — just another indication of how insignificant he really is in the great scheme of things.

  5. dexterismyhero - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    As Bugs Bunny once said….”What a Maroon”

    • 24may98 - Jun 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      As Porky Pig says:

      “Pigs get fat, but Hogs get slaughtered.”

  6. slo2act - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Or even more appropriate (from the nice Pig)
    Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

  7. nudeman - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Clemens is the ultimate example of a guy who’s led a life of privilege, with people telling him how great he is since Little League.

    As an adult, he’s probably never had to pick up a bar tab, pay greens fees or country club dues, or buy a meal. Women in every city, yet he was able to maintain the public image of a great family guy, the trophy wife, a Bentley, a Rolls, invited to all golf tournaments, Even negotiated a part time contract with the Houston Astros and come and go as he pleased.

    So pardon him if he’s just a little shell shocked now. Thought he could get a cheeseball attorney dressed in polyester, and go before Congress and the Supreme Court and bullshit them too.

    Sigh … all good things must come to an end. Damn.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    speaking of morons you gotta love every single post here except this one, same old nonsense, same old baseless comments fueled by jealousy. when Clemens is proven innocent when the smoke clears there are going to be a lot of “im sorry” columns coming from hacks like craig here it wont even be funny

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Nope. Even if Clemens is “proven innocent” with respect to these perjury charges, it will not have validated his reckless and in some cases downright stupid strategy since the day the Mitchell Report was released.

      By proceeding the way he proceeded, he brought on a criminal indictment when there would have been none, a civil suit when there would have been none, and by this date tens of millions of dollars spent when there would have been none. Also: his marital infidelity would not be known to the public and, if it wasn’t already, would not have been made known to his wife.

      So, sorry, there will be no “I’m sorry” from me if Clemens is acquitted of perjury. Because so much damage has already been done.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM

        Ok Craig lets say he is innocent here, how should he have proceeded? Say nothing even though 85% of the media think the mitchell report was 100% true? How should a innocent person move forward if they were in his shoes? Im gonna have to say the infidelity is a non issue, i mean lets not pretend he’s the only ballplayer who had g/f’s in every town cause i know even you know better and you dont see deb leaving now do ya? Gotta agree with you on the money part, i cant see making lawyers rich over something like this.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:51 PM

        He could have released a statement that slammed the Mitchell Report as inaccurate, questioned its methods, its motives and its conclusions (I wrote a several thousand word essay to that effect not long after it was released, so the criticism has the benefit of being true). He could have said that he’s comfortable with his professional accomplishments and integrity and that no ass-covering exercise like the Mitchell Report can change that.

        Then he could have shut the hell up. Would the media squawk? Sure, but who cares? They do things like accuse Jeff Bagwell of steroids without any evidence pointing to him, so why not Clemens? He could let them spew crap until they were blue in the face.

        And if he had done that he would not have been sued for defamation by Brian McNamee. And he would not have been called before Congress. And he would not have been indicted for perjury. And, though you discount it as a factor, he would not have been revealed to have begun a relationship with some country singer who was 15 years old at the time they met and who later became his fuck buddy while his wife and family stood by as his defacto PR firm, which later served to humiliate them all.

        But sure, if you want to think the only options he had were the ones he took, feel free. Just realize that you’re wrong about that.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM

        And this is why Craig is awesome, even with his love of pitchers flailing at the plate.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        And if Clemens came out and slammed the report and then shut the hell up as you say, you the media would never let that alone and it would never be good enough. im not saying he went with the best options but the make one press conference, deny it, then not say anything never would have worked. you know that and i know that, case closed

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Better the media not let it go than federal prosecutors.

        But as long as you admit that he didn’t take the best course of action here, I think we’re done.

    • nudeman - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Wish I had your real name and contact info so we could wager a tidy sum on your predictions.

      I’d say the deck is stacked against him, just a tad. He’s looked stupid and inarticulate at every juncture of this story, from the PR Congressional Tour to the Senate hearings, to being busted for infidelity by that country singer.

      Dumb, dirtyharry; he’s just plain dumb.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        what for? So you could owe me money and not pay it? Sorry i know enough people like that, all mouth.

    • yettyskills - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      Ya except I know for a 100% fact that he got his juice from Jose Canseco and the 3 of them were cycling roids at the same time.

    • bobwsc - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      denial, it’s not just a river in egypt anymore. deny til you die pal.

  9. nudeman - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Well said Craig. His life will never be the same.

    I suppose one can justify the PED usage (not in my mind, but in the minds of some) by saying “everyone was doing it”. Similarly one can justify the marital infidelity (again, not in my mind) by saying “everyone does it in MLB; and besides that’s his business”.

    But the sheer stupidity of every move he’s made since getting named in the Mitchell Report is just stunning. The way Clemens’ case has been handled is a textbook example of what NOT to do. In other words, if you’re charged, whether guilty or not, shut the fu** up, don’t call press conferences and bang the podium then storm off, don’t OFFER to go to Congress and testify, and then LIE under oath once you get there, etc …

    Stunningly ignorant.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Exactly. A congressional committee couldn’t do anything to him for using PEDs, except issue a public report and a bunch of press releases criticizing him. Not like they could impeach him or anything.

      Lying to government officials is another matter, as both Clemens and Barry Bonds have learned.

      As disgraceful as Mark McGwire’s congressional testimony was, at least he didn’t lie. He may never get into the Hall of Fame, but neither will he get into a Federal penitentiary.

  10. yettyskills - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Roger Clemens was injecting in 1986 along with Mcgwire and Canseco.

    People need to realize this fact, he was juicing his entire career.

    • nudeman - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      I’m not so sure about that. In 1986, he was a young stud and still had all his pitching power. If you look at pics from the ’86 Series, he was slim, trim and youthful. Within a few years he packed on a few and his career declined. The Sox GM took a lot of heat for letting him go, but did so because he’d been a .500 pitcher the last 3 years; he was OBVIOUSLY on the decline.

      So he went to Toronto and halfway through his first season, during which he’d been mediocre – BOOM. The Rocket returned, and he went on a tear. I think he won 20 games and might even have won the Cy Young that year.

      During all the testimony, Richard Justice, a highly respected Houston writer, tied the exact point of his pitching renaissance to some other event that was documented; can’t remember if it was a meeting at Canseco’s pool party, or whatever it was. But it was extremely compelling from a circumstantial point.

      So I don’t think he was juicing until the Toronto years.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      When you make an assertion without any evidence supporting it, you cannot call it a ‘fact.’

      • yettyskills - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        when you played in Single A Modesto in 1984 and watched McGwire start juicing the second he left team USA and then watched Jose do the same thing, and zoom past you and others to Huntsville and then Tacoma you MIGHT have a small clue in what I know for a fact.

        When you know for a fact that Jose started being “the man” to get ahold of, and that Roger and him became “once in awhile” friends. AKA “we only talk when Im starting a new cycle”

        Remember when Roger got bounced In Oakland during the playoffs?
        That was roid rage, he shot up prior to the game, JUST like Jose and McGwire did.
        The facts I know are beyond you

      • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        And now you’re breaking the truth on an NBCSports message board instead of talking to the authorities or selling your story? What a man of the people you are!

  11. jeffa43 - Jun 28, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Sorry, I misremembered…

  12. nudeman - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM


    You seem to have some eye witness experience here, but I’ll say a couple things in rebuttal:
    1. I don’t think Clemens was juicing as far back as ’86. Again, he was slim and trim, without even the hint of a ‘roid body. Go look at the pics, and compare them to later in his career with the Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees. Very different, and it wasn’t just a matter of age adding a few lbs. He was obviously juicing then, but not in ’86

    2. You’re probably right about McGwire. His HR totals in the minors were relatively modest, then BOOM! Hits 49 in his first full year in the bigs.

    3. Back to Clemens; I was living in the Bay Area the day Cooney threw him out in the first inning of that playoff game. But I don’t think he was juicing then, and don’t believe roid rage works like that. I believe it’s the cumulative affect over a number of injections; not an immediate reaction to juicing that day.

    4. The conventional wisdom of the people in the know in Boston is that Clemens wanted to get thrown out because he’d lost to Dave Stewart so many times in a row and couldn’t handle getting beat again. So he came out with eye black on (which NO pitcher ever wears), and started screaming profanities at Cooney from the get go. HE WANTED OUT, just like he wanted out of Game 6 in 1986 against the Mets. He was a gutless piece of sh** THEN, and is a gutless piece of sh** now, albeit with a much bigger ass.

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