Federal grand jury indicts Bonds.........finally :p

  1. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7452044?MSNHPHCP&GT1=10637


    Federal grand jury indicts Bonds

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    Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday and could face prison instead of the Hall of Fame for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.

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    The indictment, culminating a four-year investigation into steroid use by elite athletes, charged Bonds with four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

    Shortly after the indictment was handed up, Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was ordered released after spending most of the past year in prison for refusing to testify against his longtime friend.

    "During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes," the indictment said.
    In August, when the 43-year-old Bonds passed Hank Aaron to become the career home run leader, he flatly rejected any suggestion that the milestone was stained by steroids.
    "This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period," Bonds said.
    But while San Franciscans cheered his every swing and fans elsewhere scorned every homer, a grand jury quietly worked behind closed doors to put the finishing touches on the long-rumored indictment.
    Bonds is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in the steroids probe, which also ensnared track star Marion Jones. She pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal investigators about using steroids and faces up to six months in prison.
    Bonds finished the year with 762 homers, seven more than Aaron, and is currently a free agent. In 2001, he set the season record with 73 home runs.
    Late in the season, the San Francisco Giants told the seven-time National League MVP they didn't want him back next year.
    Bonds could not immediately be reached for comment. One of his attorneys, John Burris, didn't know of the indictment before being alerted by The Associated Press and said he would call Bonds to notify him.
    "I'm surprised," Burris said, "but there's been an effort to get Barry for a long time. I'm curious what evidence they have now they didn't have before." .moreTeamsDiv { position:relative; float:right; padding-right:10px;}.moreTeamsHdr { background-image:url(/fe/img/Story/moreTeamsOn_header.gif); background-repeat:repeat-x; background-position:top; height:35px; color:#000000; font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:12px; padding-top:4px; padding-left:4px; font-weight:bold;}.moreTeamsLinks a:link, .moreTeamsLinks a:visited { color:#1266a4; text-decoration:none; padding-top:4px; padding-left:4px; padding-right:4px; padding-bottom:4px;}.moreTeamsLinks a:hover { text-decoration:underline;}.moreTeamLinks { font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration:none;}.storyPoll { padding-bottom: 5px; float:right;}

    Bonds' defense attorney, Mike Rains, declined comment because he hadn't seen a copy of the indictment.
    "However, it goes without saying that we look forward to rebutting these unsupported charges in court," Rains said. "We will no doubt have more specific comments in the very near future once we have had the opportunity to actually see this indictment that took so long to generate."
    Bonds is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Dec. 7.
    He has never been identified by Major League Baseball as testing positive for steroids.
    The Giants, the players' union and even the White House called it a sad day for baseball.
    "This is a very sad day. For many years, Barry Bonds was an important member of our team and is one of the most talented baseball players of his era. These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a court of law," the Giants said.
    Union head Donald Fehr said he was "saddened" to learn of the indictment, but cautioned that "every defendant, including Barry Bonds, is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless and until such time as he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."
    In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said: "The president is very disappointed to hear this. As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball."
    Commissioner Bud Selig withheld judgment, saying, "I take this indictment very seriously and will follow its progress closely."
    Bush, who once owned the Texas Rangers, called Bonds to congratulate him in August when the Giants' outfielder broke the home run mark. "You've always been a great hitter and you broke a great record," Bush said at the time.
    Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who is investigating drug use in baseball, declined comment. So did Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson.
    Bonds was charged in the indictment with lying when he said he didn't knowingly take steroids given to him by Anderson. Bonds is also charged with lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids.
    "Greg wouldn't do that," Bonds testified in December 2003 when asked if Anderson ever gave him any drugs that needed to be injected. "He knows I'm against that stuff."
    Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, said the trainer didn't cooperate with the grand jury that indicted Bonds.
    "This indictment came out of left field," Geragos said. "Frankly I'm aghast. It looks like the government misled me and Greg as well, saying this case couldn't go forward without him."

    Prosecutors promised Bonds they wouldn't charge him with any drug-related counts if he testified truthfully. But according to the indictment, Bonds repeatedly denied taking any steroids or performance-enhancing drugs despite evidence to the contrary.
    For instance, investigators seized a so-called "doping calendar" labeled "BB" during a raid of Anderson's house.
    "He could know other BBs," Bonds replied when shown the calendar during his testimony.
    Asked directly if Anderson supplied him with steroids, Bonds answered: "Not that I know of." Bonds even denied taking steroids when he was shown documents revealing a positive steroids test for a player named Barry B.
    Bonds said at the end of the 2003 season, Anderson rubbed some cream on his arm that the trainer said would help him recover. Anderson also gave him something he called "flax seed oil," Bonds said.
    Bonds then testified that prior to the 2003 season, he never took anything supplied by Anderson - which the indictment alleges was a lie because the doping calendars seized from Anderson's house were dated 2001.
    Bonds has long been shadowed by allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. The son of former big league star Bobby Bonds, Barry broke into the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 as a lithe, base-stealing outfielder.

    Speculation of his impending indictment had mounted for more than a year, but the specter of steroid allegations have shadowed him for much longer.
    The government's steroids probe went public in September 2003, when federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) — the Burlingame-based supplements lab that was the center of a steroids distribution ring.
    Bonds joins a parade of defendants tied to the BALCO investigation, including Anderson, who served three months in prison and three months of home detention after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering.
    BALCO founder Victor Conte also served three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to steroids distribution. But Conte has long insisted that Bonds didn't get steroids from his lab.
     
  2. He is such a jerk.
     
  3. have you heard Bob Costa's opinion about him?
    It actually makes a TON of sense IMO.
    I suspected it and didn't respect him for it but it was all assumption on my part. Then I heard about Bob Costas and his book or article or whatever and was sold! LOL!
     
  4. I'm saddened to read this. Barry Bonds was a hero to many a child here in the Bay Area. If he did use steriods, then I do hope he loses his valiations of the home runs and all that entailed. But if he didn't, then I hope they vinsicate him completely.

    Am I so old as to remember that sports heros and actors were all good? What the hell happened?
     
  5. It's about time. I can't see how a reasonable person could buy his denial of steroid use.
     
  6. I don't know. . .
    DH thinks it's not fair, says most of them are on steroids, can't just give one a hard time.
    I said sure you can! LOL!
    If I am speeding down the freeway going 20 miles over the speed limit with the "flow of traffic", meaning everyone else is doing it, then I did earn a ticket. The police can't possibly pull us all over at once.
    This is why the red sportscars get it everytime, they draw attention to themselves.
    If Barry Bonds was just happy with being a better ball player than being the #1 homerun hitter than he'd likely have gotten away w/ it IMO.

    KWIM?
     
  7. Your dh has a point, but I tend to agree more with you. When you know the rules and willingly break them, you need to be prepared for the consequences and whining about how someone else did it, too, is neither here nor there because we aren't talking about someone else right now.

    And maybe I don't watch enough baseball, but I haven't ever seen such a dramatic physical transformation. His neck disappeared and it even looks like his skull grew! That just cannot be natural.
     
  8. I KNOW! That's part of Costas' outline!
    I'm going to bed, but I may and try to find the point Costas made that are just SO obvious.
     
  9. It will be interesting to see how the trial goes. Granted, I'm sure he'll hire the best lawyers money can buy, but I think it's a matter of how long versus if he'll spend any jail time.
     
  10. You know, it's this thing professional sports does... they demand you do your best, yet they abandon you the second your ethics is brought into question.

    There are steroids in many things now, even certain foods. (Growth hormones in beef, etc.) While we tend to think of steroid use as injected, it's not uncommon for it to be obtained other ways. A good majority of medications for allergies and bone problems contain steroids.

    And like the Chris Benoit tragidy, no-one comes forward until someone dies, makes a new world's record, or gets paid more money for another season. I cannot say if Barry Bonds took steroids knowingly, since it's in so many things now.
     
  11. The thing that gets me is that they keep Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame for gambling... and this is much worse IMO.
     
  12. The steroids for allergies & bone problems are totally different then what these jerks are using.
    Its an honor to play professional sports, not a right. These players who have ethical problems should automatically be thrown out.
     
  13. ITA Roo.
     
  14. He didn't 'know' he used it! that's why he feels is innocent. The 'rules' should be fair... so if we want any player to be on steroids??? just okay at least everyone has a fair chance.
     
  15. Lay off the guy!