Brian McNamee filed defamation summon against Roger ClemensIt seems that long-running war between Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens does not appear to be end. Recently, Brian McNamee has served a summons notifying Roger Clemens that he reserves the right to take legal action against the former Yankee pitcher for defamation. Representatives of McNamee’s lawyers served the summons last week at the Rocket’s home in the Memorial section of Houston.

McNamee’s defamation complaint is based partly on the comments of Clemens, in which he challenged the truthfulness of the trainer. Clemens’ comment also included an interview in front of the congressional committee investigating a steroid report by former Sen. In the report “George Mitchell,” McNamee declared that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. The same night, Clemens filed his own defamation suit against McNamee and appeared on “60 Minutes.”

One of McNamee’s lawyers, Earl Ward said, “It is a suit for damages to Brian, based on allegations Clemens made to Congress and in the press.” The “endorsed summons” officially notified Clemens about a complaint that attorneys of McNamee quietly filed in a Queens courthouse in December. Summon preserved the trainer’s right to sue the pitcher within a statute of limitations.

Whatever the reason behind the whole issue, one thing is confirmed that this particular move of McNamee would add more problems to Clemens’s already existing legal troubles. For more than a year, Clemens has been under investigation by the Justice Department for false swearing of allegedly lying to Congress.

Last month a federal judge ruled out that McNamee’s statements about Clemens’ steroid use to Mitchell were protected because they came in the course of a government investigation.

Comments

comments