Rocket Launches Defamation Suit Against Trainer

Guess that “emotional” Friday phone call didn’t patch things up, after all.

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The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that Roger Clemens is suing the ex-trainer who accused the pitcher of past steroid use.

The Rocket filed the lawsuit against Brian McNamee on Sunday night, saying that the Mitchell Report accusations of Clemens receiving illegal drug injections are untrue. (They were just vitamins, don’t ya know.)

The lawsuit states, “All of McNamee’s accusations are false and defamatory per se. They are not true, and they injured Clemens’ reputation and exposed him to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury. McNamee made the allegations with actual malice, knowing they were false.”

No specific dollar amount has been set in the suit. Clemens’ attorney Rusty Hardin says it’s not about the money, but an attempt to clear his client’s name. Roger responds, “I don’t know if I’ll ever get the naysayers back. I don’t know what I’m going to get. Maybe some of my name back.”

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(A ‘roid raged Rocket about to bop Emmylou Harris for swiping his ring)

It appears that the Rocket chose to make a preemptive strike, since McNamee has already threatened to bean Clemens with his own defamation suit.

In all this on-going steroids silliness & HGH hub-bub, the fans & minor leaguers may be the losers, but there’s certainly some winners: The lawyers.