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.
|Roger Clemens June 27, 2007|
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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.