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Mother_Marjorie
Apr 14th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Sources: Bonds may be subject of perjury probe

Thursday, April 13, 2006; Posted: 8:30 p.m. EDT (00:30 GMT)

Federal prosecutors may be pursuing a perjury case against San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, stemming from his denials of steroid use during a federal grand jury appearance in 2003, multiple sources have told CNN.

For more than a month, a different federal grand jury has been hearing evidence about whether Bonds may have lied during his testimony on December 4, 2003, the sources told CNN.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco would neither confirm nor deny that a grand jury has been hearing testimony about Bonds.

Bonds' lawyers were unaware that a grand jury had been convened, said Harry Stern, a spokesman for his legal team.

Bonds, who now ranks third in career home runs, has steadfastly maintained he never knowingly used steroids. He was one of several prominent athletes called to testify as part of an investigation into BALCO, a San Francisco Bay Area laboratory accused of distributing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

At the time, Bonds and the other athletes were given immunity by federal prosecutors, provided they told the truth on the stand.

Bonds' attorney, Mike Raines, has previously accused prosecutors of trying to set Bonds up for a perjury charge by offering him immunity to get him in front of the grand jury, then later challenging his testimony.

BALCO's founder, Victor Conte, spent four months in jail after pleading guilty to distributing illegal steroids. Greg Anderson, a long-time friend of Bonds, was sentenced to three months in jail on the same charges.

Bonds' denials came under renewed scrutiny in March with the release of the book "Game of Shadows" by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.

The book alleges Bonds used steroids and other performance enhancing drugs for at least five seasons, starting in 1998, and that Anderson -- his personal trainer -- helped him obtain the drugs.

Bonds has sued the authors to try to block them from making any money on the book, which his attorneys say was based on illegally obtained grand jury transcripts.

In the wake of the controversy over "Game of Shadows," Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed George Mitchell, a former U.S. Senate majority leader and federal judge, to investigate steroid use in baseball.

disposablehero
Apr 14th, 2006, 02:15 AM
Hello witch hunt. This has gone beyond ridiculous. Everyone at those hearings committed perjury, except Giambi. I hope they intend to jail the less talented steroid users as well. Interestingly, players in other sports who actually fail tests for steroids do not recieve a fraction of the abuse Barry has to deal with. He broke the law, and so did anyone in his country who smoked a joint. I haven't really seen anyone step up and say that Barry took roids AFTER his sport decided to ban them.

Mother_Marjorie
Apr 14th, 2006, 02:23 AM
Bottom line. Bonds is an African-American male that is ready to surpass an All-Time record of the sport held by a caucasian male. The only thing that could possibly stop it is if they nailed him on a steroid conspiracy. And that's whats happening as we speak. History tells us that somehow, someway, they will do anything to stop him from getting the record.

*JR*
Apr 14th, 2006, 02:41 AM
Bottom line. Bonds is an African-American male that is ready to surpass an All-Time record of the sport held by a caucasian male. The only thing that could possibly stop it is if they nailed him on a steroid conspiracy. And that's whats happening as we speak. History tells us that somehow, someway, they will do anything to stop him from getting the record.
Uh, another black er, African-American male named Henry Aaron holds the record with 755. (Becoming 2nd isn't that earthshaking in anything).

Mother_Marjorie
Apr 14th, 2006, 02:57 AM
Uh, another black er, African-American male named Henry Aaron holds the record with 755. (Becoming 2nd isn't that earthshaking in anything).

Well, first he would have to surpass Babe Ruth....not only in total HR's, but most during a World Series (tied).

Of course, once he passed McGuire's single season record, it was obvious they were out to get him. In my opinion, the goal is to strip Bonds of that record.

meyerpl
Apr 14th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Come on, please. Hank Aaron is the career home run king, the only record anyone is talking about right now. It's obvious that McGuire juiced too. The single season home run record was already tainted when Bonds broke it. As far as I'm concerned, the record should still belong to Roger Marris, but we can't change what's already happened. Maybe we can stop it from happening again. Two wrongs don't make a right. The fact is, there is strong evidence that Bonds used steroids after the 2003 ban. Please, for once can we look at this thing in terms of right and wrong instead of black and white?
(Besides, I have Hank Aaron's rookie card. His record must stand!)

disposablehero
Apr 15th, 2006, 05:13 AM
Who juiced?

Canseco
McGwire
Caminiti
Sosa
Giambi

All of those definitely before Barry was.

Others where the time frame is less clear

Palmeiro
Sheffield

The shame is, the best player in baseball takes steroids because he is being shown up by less talented player on the juice, then when it becomes apparent what he can do with it, he is the only one anyone cares about. I guess he really should have learned how to kiss reporter ass.

timafi
Apr 15th, 2006, 05:30 AM
if M.Pierce got creatine from R.Alomar when they used to date back in the days;which means there no way in hell Barry didn't juice :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
nail his ass,if he is found guilty of being on the roids and perjuring himself
I'm sick and tired of those bball players winning millions of $$$.$$$.$$$ while doping and tennis players are getting less while doing a lot more
enough already :mad: :mad: