Roger's Pals Appeal: Cut Your Losses!

Friends want Rocket to drop suit, critics agree
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 13, 2008 file photo, prior to testifying before the House.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
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(Newser) – Friends and critics of Roger Clemens agree on one thing: He's well beyond "say it ain't so" and entering "stop the bleeding" territory. Those close to the rambling family man are urging him to drop his defamation lawsuit against Brian McNamee, and a legal expert compares him to a lemming, reports the New York Daily News.

"I don't see how he can continue this case," said one source close to the Rocket. "There's no way to damage his reputation any more." Chicago Sun-Times columnist Greg Couch disagrees, arguing that Clemens's arrogant refusal to ever step back has kept escalating the situation. "People are hurt. His name and career are finished. All to avoid saying he's sorry?" Couch marvels.