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McCready acknowledges relationship with Clemens

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 – Mindy McCready acknowledged that she had an affair with baseball great Roger Clemens, according to the New York Daily News. In an interview with the paper, the troubled singer said she "cannot refute anything in the story."

McCready, a Ft. Myers, Fla. resident, met the pitcher when she was 15, and he was married to his wife, Debbie.

Clemens' lawyer pointedly refuted the story Tuesday and blamed the lawyer for Brian McNamee, Clemens' former personal trainer, who testified that he gave steroids to Clemens. Before a Congressional hearing, Clemens denied those charges.

"I cannot refute anything in the story," a tearful but resolute McCready told the Daily News, which broke the story at midnight Sunday.

"Yes, I have known Roger Clemens for a long time," McCready said. "He's a kind and caring man. He's also a legendary athlete. The central topic in the debate, however, regards his professional life, not his personal life."

"There are legal matters working their way through the system that have nothing to do with me. From my point of view, that is where the focus should remain."

The Daily News story said the relationship did not turn intimate until McCready moved to Nashville where she had a contract with Capitol Nashville. She had hits with "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All the Time."

Since her career turned south, so did her personal life with stories of abuse from relationships along with drug abuse and arrests. McCready served time in jail as well for probation violation. Clemens allegedly sent her money in FedEx boxes to help with her legal problems.

Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee on Jan. 6. McNamee's lawyer Richard Emery said, "If the case heads to trial and is not dismissed, as we feel it should be, we will be calling (McCready) as a witness."

Clemens' lawyer Rusty Hardin said McCready was a longtime friend of Clemens and his family, but said the relationship was not sexual. "At no time did Roger engage in any kind of inappropriate or improper relationship with her," he said.

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