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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Roger Clemens insurance company pays his accuser in PED suit.

Roger Clemens avoided admitting that he lied and/or used performance enhancing drugs (PED) but he agreed to let his insurance company settle the litigation between Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee.  I am not an attorney but to me this is an obvious loss for Clemens.  I do not see how anyone can spin this in his favor.

Roger Clemens Reaches Settlement in Ex-Trainer's Defamation Suit: Newspaper
By REUTERSMARCH 19, 2015, 2:22 A.M. E.D.T.

a former trainer (Brian McNamee) ... said he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs

Brian McNamee filed the civil suit in 2008, seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages from Clemens, with whom he trained during stints at the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.

Clemens ... in June 2012 was acquitted of perjury charges over statements to the U.S. Congress denying that he used the drugs ... said in interviews that McNamee was "off the deep end" and trying to "shake (Clemens) down" with "totally false" statements.  McNamee said the claims ruined his life.

The settlement was reached during closed-door talks in Brooklyn federal court ...

The undisclosed settlement amount would be paid by AIG, the provider of Clemens' homeowners' insurance ...

Reuters could not independently verify the report.
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Roger Clemens June 27, 2007
by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
To a non-attorney like me the fact that the insurance company paid and not Clemens is a distinction without a difference.  McNamee got the money and Clemens side paid it to him.  Presumably insurance premiums paid by Clemens will increase a lot.  That's how it works, doesn't it?

Winner: McNamee
Loser: Clemens

It's pretty basic stuff.  The insurance company could see which way the wind was blowing and the bully blowhard Clemens was deemed to have even less credibility than a weasel character like McNamee, which is saying a lot.  Clemens and his insurance company had the deep pockets.  It's unclear whether McNamee had an insurance company on his side.  If he did, then the loss for Clemens is even more definitive because it would level the proverbial playing field.

I've long since lost track of which way the wind had blown the testimony of former pitcher Andy Pettitte who was a Clemens teammate on both the Yankees and Astros as well as a best workout buddy training with McNamee.  Pettitte initially reluctantly testified against Clemens.  Then Clemens testified that Pettitte misremembered.  I don't know if Pettitte misremembered again and, if so, how many times.  Clemens can be pretty intimidating.

It seems to me that Clemens reputation took another hit.

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