Roger Clemens's nightmare of unwanted publicity simply went berserk a few minutes ago when the New York Daily News published reports of a 10 year Clemens affair with 25 year-old Mindy McCready. Clemens reportedly met McCready when she was 15. To the story:
Roger Clemens carried on a decade-long affair with country star Mindy McCready, a romance that began when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer performing in a karaoke bar and Clemens was a 28-year-old Red Sox ace and married father of two, several sources have told the Daily News.
The revelations could torpedo claims of an unsullied character that are central to the defamation suit Clemens filed Jan. 6 against his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. Vivid details of the affair could surface in several media projects that McCready is involved with - including a documentary that begins filming today in Nashville, a new album and a reality show.
Apparently the Rocket became smitten with the singer on first glance:
According to sources, Clemens was with his Red Sox teammates in a Fort Myers, Fla., bar when then-teenager McCready caught his eye. After Clemens threw a shirt with his and several teammates' signatures onstage, an introduction was made.
"It was love at first sight, no doubt about it," said a source with intimate knowledge of the relationship.
Clemens's lawyer admitted to Clemens's relationship with the singer however denied the amorous nature, and the relevance to the Rocket's suit against ex-trainer Brian McNamee.
Roger Clemens' lawyer Rusty Hardin, speaking for Clemens, denied that his client's long-term relationship with country singer Mindy McCready involved sex. But Hardin also emphasized that an affair would be irrelevant to the defamation suit his client has filed against Brian McNamee, the trainer who accused Clemens of using steroids and human growth hormone. "I think it's totally irrelevant to the issue of whether Brian McNamee is telling the truth about Roger using human growth hormone and steroids," said Hardin. "The character trait that you put in issue should be the character trait that the defamatory statement was made about."
McNamee's lawyer disagreed:
Richard Emery, a Manhattan-based First Amendment specialist brought onto McNamee's legal team, told the Daily News that he would seek to depose McCready, in part because a habit of infidelity would undermine whatever claims Clemens had to an undamaged reputation. "He brought it on by putting his reputation at issue," Emery told The News. "He can't cabin off his reputation with respect to the use of steroids from the rest of his reputation. If he has a reputation as a cheater, liar, philanderer, his damages are lessened.
It's all B-12 and lidocaine, baby, B-12 and lidocaine.