Clemens in NY court for settlement talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens and his onetime strength coach came face-to-face on Tuesday in a bid to settle their long-running legal dispute, but they emerged from a closed-door meeting without a deal.
A judge had summoned Clemens and Brian McNamee to federal court in Brooklyn for settlement talks aimed at heading off a trial in the defamation case. McNamee’s lawyer emerged saying an agreement wasn’t likely.
"I think this is a case where the lines are deeply drawn in the sand," said attorney Richard Emery. "I certainly expect there’s going to be a trial in this case."
It was the first time Clemens and McNamee had been in a private setting opposite each other at a conference table since at least 2007, Emery said. His client, he added, has struggled in recent years with health and financial problems.
Clemens and his attorneys left the courthouse on Tuesday without speaking to reporters.
McNamee’s 2009 federal lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Clemens launched an "intense and coordinated public relations offensive" against McNamee after the trainer told federal investigators and Congress that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 through 2001.
Clemens is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.
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