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The ugliest turn yet for Clemens

The New York Daily News shimmies nearly all the way out to the end of the limb today. Let’s not kid ourselves: Weasel words aside, you are instructed to believe that Roger Clemens started having sex with country star Mindy McCready when she was 15 years old. It depends on what the meaning of “romance” is, I guess.

What do you suppose Clemens’ lawyers are doing today? Researching libel law, or the statute of limitations? This is so ugly that the steroid allegations pale by comparison.

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  1. Anonymous

    A few years ago, Bill Simmons (aka the Boston Sports Guy) came up with what he called, “The Tyson Zone:”The Tyson Zone is the status an athlete or celebrity reaches when his or her behavior becomes so outrageous that one would believe any story or anecdote about the person, no matter how shocking or bizarre. (taken from the Wikipedia)Needless to say, Roger Clemens is now officially in The Zone…

  2. mike_b1

    Ah, now I get it. The Viagra McNamee was serving up to the Fat Con Man to keep up with teen Mindy was, in fact, HGH.

  3. Anonymous

    Anyone who uses Bill Simmons to buttress his case may as well cite Donald Rumsfeld in the cause of diplomacy.

  4. Anonymous

    Hey, the NY Daily News wouldn’t print it if it wasn’t true, right?

  5. Dan Kennedy

    Anon 6:18: I’m not endorsing the story. At the same time, though, I think we can assume that it was very carefully lawyered.

  6. Sean Roche

    Clemens’ lawyers? Clearing their calendars, hiring additional associates, and calling their favorite [insert luxury car brand here] salesmen.

  7. Anonymous

    Mindy (who I don’t think I’ve heard of) has been down 9 miles of bad road and hasn’t talked thus far. It’s likely the NYDN’s story signals that her silent status is about to change. Roger seems single-minded enough to get through this one. The IRS is of greater concern to him.

  8. Stella

    Would that be Cooperstown fading away in the shimmer of the rear view mirror?

  9. Anonymous

    Oh come on. Nothing is going to keep Roger Clemens out of the Hall of Fame.

  10. Doug

    There’s nothing about Texas I can’t scrape off of my shoe.Doug

  11. zadig

    What’s even creepier than Roger Clemens dating a 15-yo (and, according to them both, waiting until 18 for anything unseemly) is the nudge-nudge, wink-wink behavior of sleazy Michael Graham this morning on WTKK suggesting that doing an underage girl really isn’t that bad. It was weird, and made my skin crawl.This particular sports scandal is really exposing some icky people.

  12. Sean Roche

    The l’affaire de Clemens has exposed Michael Graham as icky? Only if you’d never listened to him for more than, um, three minutes.

  13. Anonymous

    Anon 10:46: Roger seems simple-minded enough to try to lie through this one.Just wanted to fix that one for ya…

  14. Anonymous

    Roger is really the Elvis Presley of pitchers…except he didn’t marry the girl.Bob in Peabody

  15. mike_b1

    Bob, you mean Jerry Lee Lewis, don’t you?

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