By: E&P Staff
Star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens carried on a decade-long affair with country star Mindy McCready, which began when she was a 15-year-old aspiring singer, the New York Daily News reports today, citing unnamed sources. Clemens’ lawyers confirms that Clemens, already in hot water over steroids charges, knew the singer well but denies a sexual relationship.
When the two met, Clemens was 28 and married father of two, several sources have told the Daily News.
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The revelations could torpedo claims of an unsullied character that are central to the defamation suit Clemens filed Jan. 6 against his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. Vivid details of the affair could surface in several media projects that McCready is involved with – including a documentary that begins filming today in Nashville, a new album and a reality show.
McCready, who lives on a quiet, tree-lined street in Nashville, is attempting a career comeback following a string of legal and personal woes.
Contacted by the Daily News Sunday through his lawyer Rusty Hardin, Clemens confirmed a long-term relationship but denied that it was of a sexual nature.
“He flatly denies having had any kind of an inappropriate relationship with her,” Hardin said. “He’s considered her a close family friend. … He has never had a sexual relationship with her.”
Hardin said the Rocket’s wife, Debbie, knew McCready and that the singer had traveled on his plane.
From a public relations standpoint, Clemens’ decision to file the suit against McNamee the night the Rocket appeared with Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes” could end up being the biggest risk he has taken yet. Clemens, under investigation for perjury, has already endured the ignominy of publicly admitting his wife’s own human growth hormone use, having photos of bloody gauze and needles linked to him and embarrassing scrutiny of an alleged injection-site abscess on his buttocks.