Roger Clemens agreed to a settlement with his former trainer Brian McNamee in a defamation lawsuit that had been long ongoing.
McNamee sued Clemens for defamation when Clemens said that McNamee manufactured evidence when Clemens was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs.
A settlement has been reached in a long-running defamation lawsuit against former major-league pitcher Roger Clemens by his ex-trainer, the Associated Press reports.
The settlement, which was reached after closed-door negotiations before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, will not require Clemens to contribute any money or released any claims against his ex-trainer in the lawsuit, per attorneys of both men. Clemens’s insurer will pay the undisclosed amount of money.
Brian McNamee sued Clemens for defamation in 2008 after Clemens said his ex-trainer lied and manufactured evidence when he accused the pitcher of using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens’s side expressed disappointment that the case wasn’t tried, while McNamee’s attorney indicated that the settlement was fair and that it allowed both parties to move on.
Clemens was found not guilty in 2012 of charges of obstructing Congress, making false statements in a deposition and committing perjury when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone injected by McNamee, who told reporters Wednesday that the ruling had yet to sink in.
“I got to digest this,” he said. “I got to go home and have a good meal. Let me sit with it.”
This settlement officially wraps up the whole Roger Clemens/PEDs saga that seemed to drag on forever. Clemens’ pockets won’t be hurting too bad after this settlement since he has an insurer who will cover the amount of money in the settlement.