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In case you forgot, Roger Clemens is still in court over steroids and lying

May 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Roger Clemens

The Associated Press reminds us today that even though Roger Clemens beat the criminal rap over lying to a federal grand jury, he’s still in court and potentially on the hook for defamation:

A magistrate judge in the civil case last week ordered lawyers for Clemens to turn over government documents to the plaintiff, former strength coach Brian McNamee, including 22 FBI reports and notes from an Internal Revenue Service agent that refer to Clemens’ alleged affairs. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.

This is the suit brought by Brian McNamee, arising out of Clemens and his lawyer’s idiotic PR offensive in the wake of the Mitchell Report.  Rather than just clam up or offer simple denials like just about every other named player, Clemens launched an offensive which (a) sought to cast his accuser as a lying grifter; and (b) opened the door for all manner of sleazy news to come out about his character and his past.

Some who defend Clemens would say that he shouldn’t have had to admit to doing anything if he didn’t do it. And I tend to be sympathetic to that argument. But by the same token, denying the allegations in the Mitchell Report did not require the over-the-top attacks Clemens and Hardin mounted against McNamee in late 2007 and early 2008. Attacks for which he is still paying in terms of his image and may soon be paying for in cash.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Rusty Hardin made a lot of money in this case. I hope that Rusty Hardin also has to pay up.

  2. sabatimus - May 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    The civil suit, if won by McNamee, isn’t going to result in prison time, though. This makes me sad.

  3. rbj1 - May 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    After hearing about McNamee in the criminal trial, he came across to me as a lying grifter. Who holds on to a used needle in a soda can and then it turns out it wasn’t Roger’s anyway. Not to defend Roger, who came across as a lying scumbag himself.

    • bbk1000 - May 28, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      “After hearing about McNamee in the criminal trial, he came across to me as a lying grifter”

      uhhh no he didn’t….The word “grifter” never came to your mind until this article used the word…

  4. dparker713 - May 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m curious how you win a defamation case when you’ve said you held onto medical waste for years just in case.

  5. corvusrex96 - May 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    If the person you were dealing with was as big as jerk as Roger Clemons wouldn’t you at least think about holding on to some proof ?

  6. portlandmainefan - May 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    loved clemens the pitcher on the mound. hate clemens the person in real life. what a disaster.

  7. sisqsage - May 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    In case anybody cared…..

  8. randygnyc - May 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Hard to believe there could be a scumbag equal to Clemens in this story. But with McNamee, here we are. They deserve eachother.

  9. tfbuckfutter - May 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Just give him a lie detector test.

    “Mr. Clemens, are you a scumbag?”

  10. greymares - May 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I’ve seen enough, in my mind to have Clemens and Bonds excommunicated from the game of baseball. we can’t get the money back but they can be treated as never have played the game.

  11. makeham98 - May 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Another of these waste of time lawsuits for the “but OJ did it” crowd. Move on from your hatred for Clemens…

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