Roger Clemens is slated to again come face-to-face with his accuser, Brian McNamee, in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn next month.
The former Yankees pitcher and his longtime trainer have been ordered by magistrate judge Cheryl L. Pollak to appear at a conference on April 29 in part to engage in settlement talks regarding McNamee's defamation lawsuit.
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Rusty Hardin, Clemens' longtime attorney, confirmed via telephone yesterday that the former major-league pitcher "will do whatever the court asks of him." But Hardin declined to comment about the potential settlement talks. He has said in the past that Clemens has no interest in making a deal.
McNamee's attorney, Richard Emery, said they are not hopeful of reaching a settlement. "It certainly is not in Clemens' history to show any flexibility," Emery said.
McNamee's suit, filed nearly five years ago, contends that Clemens slandered McNamee by saying the trainer lied when he told investigators with the Mitchell Report about having injected the pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
The last time Clemens and McNamee were in the same room was when McNamee, of Long Beach, testified for six days during Clemens' federal perjury trial in Washington in 2012.
Former Yankee Andy Pettitte again is seen as a critical witness because he has said Clemens once spoke to him about using human growth hormone, though he acknowledged at Clemens' criminal trial that there's a 50-50 chance he misheard him. Pettitte sat for his deposition in this case last September.
A trial date has not been set; it likely still is several months away.