A passel of Yankee players, coaches and execs - including Jason Giambi - will be dragged into the fray if Roger Clemens forges ahead with his defamation case against former trainer Brian McNamee, McNamee's lawyer [Richard Emery] told the Daily News Friday night.If you drop your defamation suit, then McNamee "wins". Everyone will assume he was telling the truth. You don't want McNamee to win, now do you?
Clemens' wife, Debbie, and their four sons also would be deposed ... The trainers, team doctors and medical specialists that Clemens has dealt with along the way would be questioned under oath, too. ...
"We'll go back to Boston. We'll look at his reputation there and the shenanigans he pulled there and, of course, the Yankees," Emery said. "It's going to be a mess. He's put all of these questions into issue. It's a massive discovery case, very unpleasant."
As Clemens' friends continued Friday to encourage him to drop the suit, the pitcher's flamboyant lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told The Associated Press he would talk to his client about whether they should go forward, the first hint of reversal from Hardin.
May 3, 2008
Don't Back Down Now, Roger