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In his later years, Roger Clemens' contracts were outstandingly lavish and full of sweeteners, like his "family plan" which allowed to skip New York's road trip in 2007, his final year pitching.
With a polarizing character and a fiery edge, there were enough reasons to hope that The Rocket's exit from baseball would be clear and quiet.
It has been neither.
Clemens was one of the top names linked to the Mitchell Report of Dec. 2007. In the report, his former trainer, Brian McNamee, alleges that he provided steroids and other PEDs for Clemens from 1998 through 2001.
Since the release of the Mitchell Report, Clemens has been involved in two slow-moving judicial processes as he vehemently denies the allegations of doping levied against him.
His defamation of character lawsuit against McNamee is at a standstill at the present. However, Clemens (and McNamee) will appear in court in July in a separate case, a perjury trial, stemming inconsistencies in Clemens' testimony before Congress in Feb. 2008, for which he was indicted, along with other counts, last August.
In both cases, Clemens will likely have to face testimony against him from former friend and teammate Andy Pettitte, who was also implicated by McNamee in the Mitchell Report.
It is interesting how Pettitte has come out smelling like roses with his measure of humility, his stance on Clemens, his own performance over the recent year and, perhaps most importantly, how he has otherwise kept his mouth shut.
If Clemens' legal saga was not enough to disgust, Clemens was accused of having an affair during the 1990s with country singer Mindy McCready in a New York Daily News story in May 2008. In wake of the McCready story, Clemens has also been linked to John Daly's ex-wife, Paulette Dean Daly. Other stories, some with more legs than others, sprouted up regarding The Rocket's knack for sexual liaisons in various other American League cities.
Clemens may very well be the best pitcher of his generation, however his reputation has been severely sullied by his connection with steroids, his subsequent handling of said accusations—not to mention the claims of adultery.