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Roger Isn’t The Only Clemens Getting In Trouble With The Law

Koby Clemens, the son of Roger Clemens, Mark Ori and Jimmy Goethals were arrested early Sunday morning after several members of the Salem Avalanche baseball team spent Saturday night at a popular Salem restaurant.

Clemens and Ori were charged with disorderly conduct and Goethals with assault and battery. All three were taken to the Roanoke County-Salem Jail before being released on bond, according to a news release from the Salem police.

Reached at City Stadium in Lynchburg, both Clemens and Ori declined to comment. Goethals did not return a message. Avalanche manager Jim Pankovits also declined to comment.

None of the three players played in Sunday night’s 9-7 loss to the Hillcats. Goethals, a 26-year-old backup catcher, has been out with a hamstring injury since Aug. 10.

The Avalanche season ends today with a 2:05 p.m., game in Lynchburg, the final game in a four-game series that began Friday.

Unlike most road trips, Salem commutes to its games in Lynchburg, so the team was back home after Saturday night’s game and several players went to Mac and Bob’s Restaurant on East Main Street.

According to the news release, police were dispatched to a disturbance in the restaurant’s parking lot at 2 a.m. on Sunday and, upon their arrival, found approximately 50 people in the lot.

The release does not describe any of the events leading to the arrests. It states only that Clemens and Ori were arrested on the scene and that Goethals was charged “after an employee of the restaurant obtained a warrant for his arrest” from the Roanoke County/Salem magistrate’s office.

Salem police did not release the arrest report Sunday night.

Ori, a 25-year-old first baseman from Chicago, ranked third in the Carolina League in hitting with a .304 batting average and 89 RBIs before Sunday’s game. He has 11 home runs.

Clemens, a 21-year-old catcher, is the eldest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.

He has hit .268 for the Avalanche this season with 29 doubles, seven homers and 52 RBIs while learning a new position and catching catcalls from fans and media as his father contends with allegations of cheating on his wife, Debbie, and using performance-enhancing drugs during his baseball career.


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