You might have thought Roger Clemens would have done just about everything he could possibly do to destroy his reputation over the last few months. Showing up in the Mitchell Reporter, crashing and burning in his last start as a Yankee, looking like a fool in front of Congress. What could be worse than all that? Oh, we dunno ... how about ... starting a 10-year affair with a 15-year-old country music singer?
Heavens. Remember Mindy McCready? She's a country singer who sang "Guys Do It All the Time," which was apparently some sort of country hit. Anyway, she's had a ton of personal problems in the last few years; this photo was taken she was arrested after a fight with her mom. She had a OxyContin addiction, once stole a truck and forced the driver to act as a hostage and tried to kill herself at least twice. It's the type of thing that might result from starting to date Roger Clemens when you were 15.
The New York Daily News has Clemens' denial, but minces few words.
According to sources, Clemens was with his Red Sox teammates in a Fort Myers, Fla., bar when then-teenager McCready caught his eye. After Clemens threw a shirt with his and several teammates' signatures onstage, an introduction was made.
"It was love at first sight, no doubt about it," said a source with intimate knowledge of the relationship.
According to the source, McCready did not learn that Clemens was married to Debbie Clemens until McCready attended a baseball game with her two younger brothers and read Clemens' bio in the program. The source says that McCready was too young to be angered by the news that Clemens was taken.
Supposedly this will have something to do with Clemens' suit against his former trainer Brian McNamee ... but honestly, who cares? (Unless the continuance of the suit means more revelations like this.) Roger Clemens, then 28 and with the Red Sox, with 15-year-old country music singers. Yipes.
Man, Roger, continuing to come out of retirement, staying in the public eye, what a great idea, huh?
More on this today, surely.
Roger Clemens Had 10-year Fling With Country Star Mindy McCready [New York Daily News]