I was just going to let this morning’s thing about the McNamee-Clemens suit pass without further comment, but I can’t not think about it, so let’s flesh it out a bit. I said this in the comments, but for those of you who don’t read those, this is my initial take on what’s happening here:
In light of the affidavit filed by the federal agent last week, it looks like Clemens is almost certainly going to lose his Texas defamation case against McNamee. That’s great for McNamee, but not great enough, because simply winning as a defendant down there doesn’t do anything for him. He’ll still have a mountain of attorneys fees and loads of personal debt to deal with, and you simply can’t pay bills with a defense judgment. What to do about this?
You file a suit in New York, so you can create an ideal negotiating position, with the opening salvo of the negotiation going something like this:
“Look Roger, you’re going to lose and lose badly in Texas, and when that judgment comes out, it’s going to humiliate you. You can’t unilaterally dismiss this case because everyone will know you’re doing it simply to avoid an embarrassing judgment, and you can’t reasonably settle with us as things stand because there’s nothing more embarassing than having to pay money out when you’re the freakin’ plaintiff.
“However, if we sue you in New York, everyone has a chance to get something out of this mess. You’ll be able to drop the Texas suit and avoid a humiliating ruling in your own backyard by saying that you’re doing it to get rid of the New York suit, which you can claim is a bogus distraction, but one worth getting rid of all the same. We’ll get a nice check to pay our fees and get Brian a little something to grow on. After a round of mutual declarations of victory, we end this mess before anyone has to go under oath again.”
There may be a big flaw in there somewhere, but weirder things have happened.