The ongoing legal saga between former New York Yankees’ ace Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee appears to not have an ending in sight just yet. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak is threatening to hold Clemens in contempt of court for failing to produce discovery documents that she ordered in McNamee’s defamation lawsuit against the 7-time Cy Young Award winner.
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Clemens has until December 19th to file a motion showing why “he should not be sanctioned … for his continued and repeated abuse of the discovery process.” Judge Pollak believes that Clemens and his legal team are purposely slowing down the discovery and legal process by not producing the required documentation. The lawsuit by McNamee, a former New York City Police Officer, was filed in 2008 and moved to Federal Court, where a trial date has yet to be established. The basis of McNamee’s case, is that Clemens has accused his former trainer of manufacturing evidence against him to show that he used steroids and PEDs during his playing career.
Clemens beat a six-count rap back in 2012, when he was charged with obstructing Congress, making false statements in a deposition, and perjury. The charges stem from Clemens’ denial of using PEDs or steroids administered by McNamee, and instead states that his former trainer gave him B-12 vitamin injections. Clemens’ name appeared on the now infamous Mitchell Report, as one of many well known and celebrated big league ball players to have fully participated during the “Steroid Era” of Major League Baseball. Clemens continues to wait as he has been passed over for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Editor’s Note: Portions of this story were gathered from the Associated Press news wire.~BB