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Trainer Clemens Said Had Lied Settles Suit

BROOKLYN (CN) - Roger Clemens settled his protracted defamation battle with the trainer who told Congress that the Hall of Fame pitcher had been doping.

The settlement agreement in Brooklyn Federal Court was sealed. A March 19 filing signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollack simply states in cursive, "case settled."

Attorneys for both parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

The dispute stems from testimony Brian McNamee gave against the ex-Yankee at a congressional hearing after the now-infamous Mitchell Report exposed alleged doping in Major League Baseball.

The report claimed McNamee helped Clemens and other trainers get steroids.

When Clemens dismissed McNamee's statements as lies and fabricating evidence, McNamee sued Clemens for defamation in December 2008.

Clemens faced contempt charges by two federal judges this past November if he didn't turn over documents involving his former trainer's claims.

McNamee sought all communications involving Hendricks Sports Management, Randal and Alan Hendricks and Jose Householdholer as they related to McNamee, the Mitchell Report and the congressional hearings.

But Clemens dug in his cleats, saying the documents were guarded by attorney-client privilege.

Just last week, Judge Pollack noted that Clemens was seeking discovery about a film of which he was the focus, "The Rocket." Pollack set a deadline of March 20 for Clemens to serve document demands and interrogatories if he wished to ascertain McNamee's connection to or knowledge of the film.

Clemens, a Cy Young Award-winner, had a 354-184 record in the league with the Yankees and Red Sox.

He was indicted, but then cleared, of felony counts for lying to Congress.

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