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Monday, January 07, 2008
The denial crusade continues!!!

Clemens has announced that he will be suing McNamee for defamation, and also went a bit bonkers during his press conference today. Emotions were running high, to say the least; the man was cursing up a storm, said he didn't care about the HOF, and left the scene in a huff. As he told Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, one of his theories about why the trainer would lie about him is that perhaps he was facing jail time unless he "outed" more big name clients. There is also some interesting news that Clemens taped a phone conversation he had with McNamee asking "why would you say I did steroids?". The expected answer would have been something along the lines of "because you did, ya damn juicer!", but interestingly enough, the response from Sir Trainer was "What do you want me to do, Roger?", and even more intriguing was it sounded like the guy was verging on a teary breakdown.

I've been VERY skeptical about Roger's denials, but you've got to admit that it really sounds like McNamee has no way to prove that his claims are true - and that he knows it.

The Yankees Chick is not a lawyer, and while the YCD (Yankees Chick Dad) is, I can't get in touch with him right now, so I'm reaching out to you dear and lovely readers for some answers to the following legal questions:
  • What sorts of evidence will Clemens be required to provide in order to win a defamation suit?
  • Will this sort of thing go to trial, or is it more likely to be settled out of court?
Help a chick out, lawyers!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, January 07, 2008  
8 Comments:
  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You put the balm on? Who told you to put the balm on? I didn't tell you to put the balm on. Why'd you put the balm on? You haven't even been to see the doctor. If your gonna put a balm on, let a doctor put a balm on.

     
  • At 8:40 PM, Anonymous TEC said…

    i'm not 100% on this, but from what i can tell...in order for a public figure to succeed with a defamation suit they have to show that the defamer "acted with malice". In order to prove malice it needs to be shown that the defamer had knowledge that the statements were false OR acted with a disregard as to whether or not a statement was false.

    In this case, the former is probably going to have to be the focus, since i'd assume Mcnamee knows whether he ever injected Clemens with steriods...how Clemens will show that that never happened, i'm not sure. either way this will be interesting!

     
  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    Anon - - Jackie Chiles should surely represent the Rocket in this case...

     
  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Damn fools! Look at that! We got nothin'...now, nothin'! I've been practicing law for 25 years, you're listenin'
    to a caddy! This is a public humiliation! You can't let the defendant
    have control of the key piece of evidence. Plus, she's trying it on
    over a leotard, of course a bra's not gonna fit on over a leotard. A
    bra gotta fit right up a person's skin, like a glove!

     
  • At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Nip said…

    Glove or no glove. I've heard that they are "Spectacular"!!!!!

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    I've been drinking cafe lattes since the 5th grade!

     
  • At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!

     
  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger TombstoneRadio said…

    tec,

    In a defemation suit, the individual filing the case need only prove that the defendant provided false information that defamed the filing individual. A slander suit requires that the individual filing prove that the defendant "acted with malice." The latter suit is much more difficult to prove/win than the former.

     
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