HOUSTON -- Indians outfielder Johnny Damon is glad to see the Roger Clemens trial come to an end and is also happy with the verdict.
"I was very gratified for him," Damon said prior to the series opener on Friday at Minute Maid Park. "He's been going through this for a long time. With him being a former teammate of mine, I really enjoy the fact that he gets to enjoy his life now. He had a great career and now he gets to enjoy it. I was hoping he was still in [Houston] so he could come by and give me a visit."
Clemens was found not guilty of all charges at his federal perjury trial on Monday. Clemens was indicted in 2010 on three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress based on his February 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
"I'm sure it's a big relief for him," Damon said. "He's definitely one of my favorite teammates of all time, just the confidence that he exudes. Hopefully he can be inducted into [the Hall of Fame] this year."
Damon, who was teammates with Clemens on the Yankees in 2007, said he was surprised at the investigations into steroid use.
"It was amazing how they wanted to pursue it, especially with Clemens," he said. "One thing I know about Rocket is he's a very honest guy and a very convincing guy. So when Roger says that he never used performance-enhancing drugs, I believe him."