January 08, 2008

Clemens vs. McNamee

Well, that was just about the weirdest thing I've ever heard. When was the last time a secretly taped phone call between two guys who were suing each other was played for the press, and anyone who wanted (I did) could listen to it in their car on the way home?

I have no idea whether or not the call makes Clemens look more or less innocent; clearly both men had lawyers with them and were playing rhetorical games as to not put themselves in legal jeopardy (had Clemens told McNamee to come forward and say he'd lied, that might be witness tampering.) I still say Clemens took steroids at some point in his career, but if he's willing to perjure himself before Congress, he's even dumber than I thought.

As usual, I appreciate Shysterball's take:

Of course there is all kinds of pretending going on here. The lawyers are pretending to be public relations men. The most dominant and aggressive player in decades is pretending to be a victim. The man who ratted out his biggest client is pretending to still be his friend. Congress is pretending to be protecting children, those in positions of power within the game during the rise of steroids in baseball are pretending that the Mitchell Report provides closure of some kind, and many in the media are pretending that they know more than they do.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 8, 2008 04:25 PM
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