"I just want to say I appreciate everyone who came in and asked to speak on my behalf, or tell a story, or give their input," Clemens said when he addressed the media outside the court.
He became choked up at one point as he talked about the effect the trial has had on his family.
"It's been a hard five years," he said. "I put a lot of hard work into that career. I appreciate my teammates who came in and all the emails and phone calls from my teammates. Thank you all very much."
Clemens was charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone. His first trial on the charges was declared a mistrial in 2011, and Clemens's request to have the charges thrown out was rejected in September. His new trial began in April.
The former pitcher faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted on all six counts, although he likely would have only received 15 months to 21 months under U.S. sentencing guidelines.
Material from an Associated Press report was used in this article.
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