For 3 years Roger Clemens's name emblazoned the sport medicine division of a Houston area hospital -- the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine at Memorial Hermann Medical Center. Now, considering the Rocket's own sports medicine prescriptions - anabolic steroids, HGH, and Viagra -- the hospital is changing the sports service's name. To the New York Daily News:
A statement released by Memorial Hermann said, "To better reflect its commitment to all sports and athletes, the facility will transition to become known as the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute, effective Jan. 1, 2009. The move reflects a desire to promote the broad range of sports medicine services and programs offered by Memorial Hermann across the greater Houston area."
According to reports, Clemens donated $3 million to Memorial Hermann for a pediatric wing at Memorial Hermann's Children's Hospital.
Rusty Hardin, Clemens' attorney, declined comment.
Quite a few hits for the sputtering Rocket over the past year: Mitchell report inclusion, dis-invited to coaching talks, name removed from golfing tournaments, girlfriends attempting suicide. Tough year.
It is the latest headache for Clemens, who saw his reputation and legacy hammered this year following the release of baseball's Mitchell Report on Dec. 13, 2007, in which Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee claimed he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone several times between 1998 and 2001.
Last month, the Daily News reported that Clemens had been asked to end his involvement with the Giff Nielsen Day of Golf for Kids charity tournament he had hosted the previous four years with Nielsen, the Houston broadcaster and former Oilers quarterback.
MLB.com reveals why the wing took the Clemen's name...looks like 3 million gets you only 2 years of your name on the walls. The Sports Institute features a 'human performance lab'...OK no smart comments about Clemens's performance enhancement.
Clemens, who once donated $3 million to Memorial Hermann's pediatric wing, has denied using performance-enhancing drugs and filed a defamation lawsuit against McNamee.
When times go bad, they really go sour...
"He is dealing with some tough issues," Nielsen told The News then. "He is dealing with something that is very challenging. The accusations against him are serious. It just made sense to say go take care of these issues and we will revisit the relationship later, when it makes sense. He was very receptive. He was very understanding."
Clemens is still under investigation by the Justice Department and FBI for perjury after he testified before Congress in February that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. He has continued to deny McNamee's claims. Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee on Jan. 6 in the Southern District of Texas. Several months later, the News exposed his lengthy extramarital relationship with country singer Mindy McCready as well as affairs he had with several other women.
As the negative headlines continued, Clemens went into relative seclusion, occasionally making appearances at his oldest son Koby's minor-league baseball games. The Rocket was not included in the Yankees' video tribute during the final game at the old Yankee Stadium. Last Tuesday, McNamee filed a claim in a Queens court against Clemens for defamation.
Clemens last pitched in the majors in 2007 when he signed a pro-rated, $28 million deal to play a second stint with the Yankees.
Much of that money now in lawyer's pockets...