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SAN FRANCISCO | Barry Bonds admits using steroids during his baseball career, his lawyer told a jury Tuesday. The catch is that Bonds‘ personal trainer misled him into believing he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream.
“I know that doesn’t make a great story,” Allen Ruby said during his opening statement at the home-run leader’s perjury trial. “But that’s what happened.”
And so the crux of the criminal case against Bonds was put before an eight-woman, four-man jury as the testimony phase of the trial got under way. Bonds has pleaded not guilty to four charges of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly taking steroids and one count of obstruction.
“All he had to do was tell the truth, Parrella said. “That’s all, but he couldn’t do it.”
Parrella tried to show a deep connection between Bonds and the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, known as BALCO, the Burlingame company at the center of an international sports doping ring that the grand jury was investigating. Five men, including BALCO’s founder Victor Conte and Bonds‘ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, pleaded guilty to steroids distribution after a 2003 government raid on BALCO.
Dressed in a dark suit with a light blue shirt, Bonds sat slouched in his chair, his long legs crossed at the ankles and poking out the other side of the defense table, as he watched Parrella tell jurors that a childhood friend of Bonds‘ will discuss watching him inject steroids.
He said at least two prosecution witnesses have axes to grind because of bitter fallouts with the man who hit 762 career home runs, a Major League Baseball record. He also holds the mark for home runs in a single season, with 73 in 2001.
Ruby alleged that Bonds‘ ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Bell, and former business partner, Steve Hoskins, were “facing the loss of the financial benefit that Barry provided to them over the years” when Bonds ended his relationships with them in 2003.
By Tammy Bruce
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