The Judge in the Roger Clemens lawsuit against his former personal trainer is unsure what to do with the case. Read the story, and see photos and video of Roger Clemens and his trainer below.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison has to decide if he is going to throw out the lawsuit Roger Clemens brought against his former trainer, Brian McNamee, back in January. If he decides to let the suit stand, he then has to decide if he is going to keep it in Texas, or move it to New York. Judge Ellison said:
“I really have been agonizing over these claims.”
The lawsuit was filed after McNamee said that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, which was reported by the infamous Mitchell report. Clemens has denied McNamee’s claims, both to the press and at a Congressional hearing.
A lawyer for McNamee has said:
“The only person who ruined Roger Clemens’ life is Roger Clemens by not admitting the truth.”
He is pushing the Judge to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that McNamee’s statements in the Mitchell report were protected by privilege because of a deal McNamee struck with prosecutors. Clemens’ lawyers dispute this, saying McNamee’s statements are not protected, as they were made to a private individual and were not part of a federal investigation.
McNamee’s lawyer also wants to move the proceedings out of Texas, as the lawsuit contains events that took place in Toronto, New York, and Florida. Clemen’s lawyers claim the suit should remain in Texas, as McNamee has done business there and the statements made by McNamee have done the most harm to Clemens in Texas.
More photos and a video of Roger Clemens are below.
Roger Clemens Opening Statement at Congressional Hearing Video
Brian McNamee Opening Statement at Congressional Hearing Video