McNamee threatens to sue Clemens

September 15, 2009, 2:20 AM

Sportsnet.ca — Roger Clemens will be sued if in an upcoming "60 Minutes" interview he accuses former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, of being untruthful when he said he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, a lawyer for McNamee told the New York Times.

The "60 Minutes" interview was taped Friday at Clemens’s home in Texas and is scheduled to be broadcast Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

McNamee lawyer, Richard D. Emery, told the Times in a telephone interview Wednesday that Clemens should try to keep the segment off the air or face a lawsuit for damaging McNamee’s livelihood.

"He’s got a chance to protect himself," said Emery, who is based in New York and specializes in libel and defamation actions. "We’re not going to sue him if he doesn’t do it. But if he does it, we’re going to sue him."

When told of Emery’s comments, Clemens’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times, "I believe a client who’s telling the truth should tell the world the truth."

Hardin said Clemens stood his ground in the interview. "I think he expressed himself very emotionally, and it’ll give the viewer a chance to look at Roger and make up their mind," Hardin said.

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