The New York News tells us that beleaguered pitcher Roger Clemens and ex-trainer Brian McNamee talked by phone tonight. Apparently the first chat since the scathing Mitchell report implicated Clemens as a doper, enabled by McNamee.
Clemens and McNamee appear to be carrying on a media war propagated by their legal teams. Clemens's lawyer threatens to sue McNamee; McNamee's lawyer threatens a defamation suit against Clemens.
Also at stake is ex-Senator George Mitchell's credibility in his landmark steroids in baseball report. Mitchell dedicated the largest single player section to Clemens.
In a surprising twist to their public war of words, Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, spoke by telephone Friday night, Newsday has learned. It was their first contact since the Mitchell Report was released Dec. 13, and a person close to the situation described the hourlong conversation between the longtime friends as "emotional."
It is unclear whether Clemens or McNamee initiated the call, and attempts to reach representatives for both of them Saturday night were unsuccessful. Clemens and McNamee have been friends since 1998, when the two were together on the Blue Jays, and it was Clemens who got McNamee hired by the Yankees after he was obtained from Toronto at the start of the 1999 season.
But in the wake of the Mitchell Report and McNamee's damaging testimony, those years together ultimately may tear down Clemens and his Hall of Fame resume. Clemens has vehemently denied McNamee's allegations that the trainer injected him with steroids -- he'll do so again tonight on "60 Minutes" -- and the two sides threatened to sue each other last week in what is likely to be an ongoing legal battle.
Clemens, McNamee, Pettitte, and the others better get their stories together; the Congressional committees are likely to get dirty with these guys.
In other conciliatory news, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both agreed that Bill Richardson is pretty funny...