Lawyer Threatens Suit Against Roger Clemens Over Sunday's '60 Minutes' Interview

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Lawyer Threatens Suit Against Roger Clemens Over Sunday's '60 Minutes' Interview

Thu Jan 03, 2008 @ 01:11PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Clemensroger In baseball, hitters sometimes get gift pitches. A meaty fastball down the middle or a hanging breaking ball. Usually, the hitter strokes these gifts towards the bleachers for a home run.

The trainer who accused Roger Clemens of using steroids is about to give the legendary pitcher such a pitch. In an interview with the New York Times, Richard Emery, the attorney for trainer Brian McNamee, says his client will sue Clemens if called a liar on “60 Minutes” this Sunday.

Strangely, it might be in Clemens' interest to actually do so. As the Sports Law blog points out, "In suing, McNamee would have to prove that Clemens' assertion that McNamee is a liar is false -- because Clemens did use steroids."

In other words, Clemens will have a tough time winning a defamation suit against McNamee. But he'll have an easy time defending one. Unless McNamee has actual evidence. If so, Clemens should just shut up.

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