Not liking – not one little bit – the allegation by his former trainer that Roger Clemens injected steroids – Clemens had taken the mound and thrown a hard fast one at Brian McNamee. Ouch!
Clemens filed suit Sunday night in Harris County District Court (Houston Texas area), claiming the statements McNamee had made to George Mitchell (the baseball drug investigator) were “untrue and defamatory.” The suit goes on to claim that “Clemens good reputation has been severely injured” and that “McNamee’s false allegations have also caused Clemens to suffer mental anguish, shame, public humiliation and embarrassment.”
According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:
The suit states that when McNamee was first was interviewed by federal law enforcement last June, he denied Clemens had used steroids or human growth hormone. The suit quotes McNamee as saying he was pressured by federal agents to implicate Clemens, though it doesn’t say where the quote came from.
“After this exchange, and for the first time in his life, McNamee stated that he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001,” the suit says. “Following his recantation, McNamee has relayed that he magically went from a ‘target’ in a federal criminal drug investigation to a mere ‘witness,’ so long as he continued to ‘toe the line.’ ”
The suit says that when McNamee initially refused a request from federal authorities that he speak to Mitchell, he was threatened with prosecution. Clemens says McNamee decided only then to cooperate with Mitchell and the suit said McNamee said the interview “was conducted like a Cold War-era interrogation in which a federal agent merely read to the Mitchell investigators McNamee’s previously obtained statement and then asked McNamee to confirm what he previously stated.”
As I say often in my keynote speeches – Every choice has a consequence.
This battle between Clemens and McNamee has some interesting potential outcomes. First, if Clemens is correct – he never used steroids – then McNamee will suffer a financial outcome that he likely didn’t expect as Clemens would be the victor in the lawsuit. Further, McNamee’s testimony is being called into question and if proven inaccurate by Clemens – likely there will be a host of others to challenge as well.
On the Clemens side – by issuing the lawsuit, Clemens opens himself up to more intense review knowing that there are those folks who believe that no one can be “that good.”
It is said that the truth will set you free. If Roger is not telling the truth about steroid use, then he’s taking a big gamble with the lawsuit. Likewise, if McNamee’s fabricated a story about Clemens – then he’s in big trouble on a multitude of fronts.
Question: What do you think about the lawsuit filed by Roger Clemens?
As a motivational speaker – speaking on choices and consequences I’d love to hear your thoughts!