Let’s be honest, we all know that Roger Clemens was doin’ the juice; but did we ever in our wildest dreams think he was doin’ 15 year-old karaoke singers, too?
Well, I certainly didn’t, but, given what we’ve seen from Clemens over the past year or so, I guess I’m not all that surprised either. According to the New York Daily News, “Roger Clemens carried on a decade-long affair with country star Mindy McCready; a romance that began when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer performing in a karaoke bar, and Clemens was a 28-year-old Red Sox ace and married father of two.”
Not saying that I keep tabs on such things, of course, but I believe the age of consent for females in Massachusetts is 16. In Texas it’s 17. So, depending on where this particular karaoke bar was, if all this turns out to be true, we may get to add the “rapist” tag to Clemens’ ever growing list of descriptors: “cheater”, “juicer”, “liar”, “perjurer”, “all-around douchebag”, to name a few.
The Clemens camp is already vehemently denying the report, obviously, saying that, while McReady was certainly a “close family friend,” the Rocket “never had a sexual relationship with her.” That sounds eerily similar to another “sexual realtions” scandal we had a few years back, and how great will it be if this one unfolds in a similar manner. Can things get any worse for this guy?
I typically don’t like to see iconic sports figures have such a steep fall from grace, especially ones that have accomplished what Clemens has, but then I have to remind myself of that 60 Minutes interview; where it became exceedingly clear to me that Clemens was lying through his teeth, unfazed.
But who knows? Perhaps I’m jumping the gun. I certainly don’t have all the facts, but then all the facts aren’t made available. Either way, Clemens’ general demeanor through all this makes it hard on fans that would otherwise be, at worst, sitting on the fence with regards to his legacy. It’s not easy to feel sorry for him…