Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Roger Clemens is the Douchebag Who Won't Give Up

Some people just don't know when they've been humiliated and discredited:
Roger Clemens has filed an appeal of his dismissed defamation suit against Brian McNamee.

Clemens filed a notice Friday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decisions of U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who threw out most of Clemens' case in February and dismissed the remainder of the suit Aug. 28.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner sued his former personal trainer in Texas state court in January 2008, a month after McNamee's accusations against the pitcher were published in the Mitchell Report. The suit was moved a month later to federal court in Houston.

I would say that there's very little hope that the case will be heard the way that Clemens and his legal team want it to be heard. It's a defamation suit where there is overwhelming evidence that the person claiming to have been defamed has no credibility. The law could ignore the facts, and give Clemens his day in court, but even if he were to climb the mountain and win, who's to say the judgement wouldn't be one brand new spanking dollar bill? There's no sympathy to be found in a jury; Clemens would be insane to put his hopes on a jury.
McNamee claimed in the Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001. He also sued Clemens for defamation on July 31 in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Clemens said McNamee's statements, which the trainer also repeated to Sports Illustrated's Web site, were "untrue and defamatory."

Clemens and McNamee repeated their conflicting claims last year to a congressional committee, which then asked the Justice Department to launch a probe into whether the pitcher lied. A federal grand jury in Washington has been investigating Clemens.

By and large, Clemens is now an outcast, similar in a lot of ways to Rafael Palmiero, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds. The four of them were all big-name athletes, with endorsements, fans and All-Star game appearances to go along with being loved and cheered every day.

How does it mess with your head to lose all of that, and lose it by having all of your lies exposed for the world to see? In the case of Roger Clemens, it has left him thinking he can write his own facts and make people do whatever he wants them to do. He is acting like a deranged control freak, but, this time, the courts don't care. His douchebaggery is now in the public record. Somewhere, Jon Gosselin must be smiling, because if Clemens is in the news, it means a handful of people are making douchebag comments about Clemens and not about him.

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