Roger Clemens has never been afraid to give adversaries some chin music.
Normally, Roger’s combativeness is directed at the hitters who step into the box against the fearsome right-hander. But now, Clemens is taking aim at the former trainer who alleges he took steroids, filing a lawsuit last night in his hometown of Houston just before his 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace.
The Houston Chronicle reports the seven-time Cy Young winner is suing Brian McNamee, his longtime trainer, for defamation of character, calling McNamee’s allegations “false and defamatory.” Clemens’ lawsuit was filed electronically in Houston, just before Clemens’ 60 Minutes interview, which aired last night.
“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,” Roger Clemens said to Mike Wallace.
The lawsuit doesn’t request a specific dollar amount, but Clemens’ Houston lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the lawsuit was filed to clear Clemens’ name and discover how the allegations of his steroid use came about.
Aside from known user and a$$hole Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens was probably the biggest star to be outed by the Mitchell Report, a 20-month investigation conducted by former U.S. Senate majority leader George Mitchell into the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.
Citing his former trainer, the Mitchell Report alleges Roger Clemens took steroids on multiple occasions between 1999 and 2002.