That does not negate that Roger Clemens was one of the largest Major Baseball League kittens of all times. Over 24 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros, Clemens won seven Cy Young awards, two World Series titles, was an 11-time All-Star and struck out 4,672 batters, the third-largest in history.
Now, whether or not he had the help of performance-enhancing drugs during his career remains to be debated but that is not what we are doing here today. No, today we look back at Clemens’ alleged relationship with the late country star Mindy McCready, who died in suicide in 2013 at the young age of 37, and how that is often seen as one of the reasons why it may not be the Hall of Fame. A character plays a part in the vote and Clemens’ was frequently questioned.
If you don’t know the story, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The “Roger Clemens-Mindy McCready relationship,” which apparently began when she was just 16 years old, did not receive nearly as much attention as steroid use. What is unfortunate in itself, and also how it was handled in the media when news of the alleged relationship broke, which first happened in 2008.
Roger Clemens and Mindy McCready first met when she was a teenager
In 2008, the New York Daily News she reported that Roger Clemens and Mindy McCready, burned to stardom in 1996 (the year she turned 21) with the release of her debut album, Ten thousand angels, has followed a 10-year relationship that began when McCready was 15 and Clemens was a 28-year-old father and still with the Boston Red Sox. McCready later said the two met when she was 16, not 15 as the first report said.
Sources said Clemens and some of his players were at a karaoke bar in Fort Myers, Florida, home of McCready, where the teenage singer was performing and that it was “love at first sight”. it was for Clemens, who reportedly threw a shirt on a stage with a signature on it, which led to an introduction.
The report went on to say that McCready was not unaware that Clemens was married when they first met until she and her brothers went to a game in which Clemens was participating and that they read it in the program, although sources said she was too young to be upset about it.
Over the years, it has been said that the pair would often take great outings together and that McCready and her brothers would use Clemens’ private plane even if it was not with them. The relationship was said to have broken when McCready became involved with other men, which included a connection to actor Dean Cain.
Mindy McCready said she couldn’t ‘deny anything in the story’
Shortly after the first report came out, Mindy McCready told the New York Daily News she could not “deny anything in the story” but made it clear that her relationship with Roger Clemens did not turn close until after she moved to Nashville and became a star.
Clemens’ lawyer at the time, Rusty Hardin, confirmed that the two had a relationship but that it was not sexual and that McCready was only “a long-time friend of Clemens and his family.” However, other sources claimed that McCready did not meet Clemens’ wife, Debbie, whom McCready apologized for when he appeared. Internal editing in November 2008 in which she provided more information about the relationship (h / t Hollywood Reporter).
“We never had a secret meeting. We went on holiday together: We went to Palm Springs; we went to Las Vegas, New York City. I wanted him to do it right with me … and when he didn’t, I broke it.
“I have nothing but remorse and nothing but sympathy for what she is [Debbie Clemens] I had to go through with this situation, and I have a big apology. ” Mindy McCready
Roger Clemens personally rejected the relationship shortly after the initial report was released but said:
“I’ve made mistakes in my personal life and I’m sorry.” Roger Clemens
Less than a month after Mindy McCready appeared on it Internal editing, paramedics were called to her home after attempted suicide, as reported by Weekly Us.
Mindy McCready was damaged in the media and died by suicide in 2013
Once those reports came out, it was Mindy McCready who eventually became the media spokesperson, not Roger Clemens. Instead of focusing on the fact that Clemens may have taken advantage of a teenager, even though nothing happened until McCready was at a consensual age that is still wrong and inappropriate, McCready was a took most of the blows.
She was accused of forging the relationship to enhance her career, which, in 2008, was in trouble. Yes, McCready had struggled with drugs and alcohol but she had also been in an abstract relationship with the father of her first child, who was in fact accused of attempted murder to sue her in 2005, the same year in which she twice committed suicide. And those things became the focus, not Roger Clemens. McCready was a troubled person but that doesn’t mean that what she said wasn’t true. This was the classic story “he said, she said” in which the man, the star athlete, got the benefit of the doubt.
As time went on, Mindy McCready continued to struggle, and on February 27, 2013, she died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, as reported by the New York Daily News, in the same place the father of her second child had died from suicide just a month earlier. She was only 37 years old at the time of her death.
Roger Clemens’ s statement on the matter is exactly why he should not be in the Hall of Fame
When the news of Mindy McCready ‘s death broke, Roger Clemens refused to discuss the matter, instead opting issue a prepared statement.
“Yes, that is sad news. I had heard over time that she was trying to find peace and guidance in life.
“The few times I’ve met her and her manager / agent have been really nice.” Roger Clemens on the death of Mindy McCready
Wow. Seeing as Clemens’ own lawyer even saying the two were close friends, the “Rocket” didn’t seem too broken about it, did it? And if the two had only met a few times, why even issue a statement in the first place? No one buys it, Roger, just like Hall of Fame voters… well, some of them at least… don’t buy the refusal of steroid use either, which is the main reason it is in his ninth year on the ballot and has yet to be voted in despite his achievements on the field.
It’s about a character with Roger Clemens. Yes, he was a great player but he was a prima donna and diva, especially in the later years of his career. A character has the right to participate in a Hall of Fame vote, as the “Character class” clearly states, “voting will be based on the player ‘s record, ability to play, integrity, sport, character, and contribution to the team (s) on which the player has played. ”
Sorry, Roger Clemens doesn’t fit that description and hasn’t been around for a long time.