Pitcher Clemens calls McCready's death 'sad news'
- Photo: Pat Sullivan/Invision/AP1 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN2 of 15
- Photo: Shiho Fukada/Invision/AP3 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN4 of 15
- Photo: David Phillip/Invision/AP5 of 15
- Photo: Randi Radcliff/Retna Ltd.6 of 15
- Photo: Mark Humphrey/Invision/AP7 of 15
- Photo: Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage8 of 15
- Photo: Judy Eddy/WENN9 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN10 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN11 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN12 of 15
- Photo: AR4/WENN13 of 15
- Photo: JOHN RUSSELL/Invision/AP14 of 15
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Former baseball great Roger Clemens is calling the death of country star Mindy McCready "sad news."
Clemens, now a special instructor with the Houston Astros, handed reporters a written statement Monday at the team's spring training camp in Kissimmee, Fla. It says he'd heard "she was trying to get peace and direction in her life." He said McCready and her manager/agent were "extremely nice" the "few times" he saw her.
McCready made headlines in April 2008 when she claimed a longtime relationship with Clemens. Published reports at the time said she met the pitcher at a Florida karaoke bar when she was 15 and he was 28 and married. Clemens has denied the relationship.
RELATED: Year in Review: In Memoriam 2012
Authorities say McCready died Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark., of an apparent suicide.
Real 'RHOC' Dish
"Real Housewives of OC" star Shannon Beador dishes about her family, her relationship with Vicki Gunvalson and what to expect from the reunion!Watch Video »
Fall's Best Looks
New fashion trends are here! Take a look at celebrities rocking fall's best looks so far.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Shailene Woodley and the stars of "Divergent" chat phobias and on-set injuries at the film's world premiere.Watch Video »
Kaley Cuoco spends time with friends and family -- and lots of horses! -- in the wake of her breakup on this week's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Tats for Love
From Heidi Klum and Seal to Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco, see which stars got tattoos for love.Watch Video »