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Hoskins and Bonds grew up together in a San Francisco suburb. Hoskins worked for Bonds from 1993 until late March 2003 when Bonds had Hoskins sign a document effectively ending what was a lucrative business arrangement for Hoskins.

Hoskins on Wednesday denied accusations that he planned to extort Bonds in the aftermath of that split by secretly recording conversations about steroids with the slugger’s personal trainer and doctor. Hoskins said he made the recordings to convince Bonds‘ father, Bobby Bonds, that his son was juicing.

But he conceded Wednesday that he was incorrect in insisting his secretly recorded conversation with trainer Anderson occurred in late March 2003. Under cross examination from Ruby, Hoskins conceded the recording was made later. Ruby suggested that was an important inconsistency because that means the recording was made after Bonds had Hoskins sign the document on March 27, 2003, ending their business arrangement.

Nonetheless, Hoskins denied he had any malicious intentions and said he harbored no ill will toward Bonds at the time of the recording or now.

Bonds, baseball’s all-time home runs leader, is being tried in federal court on four counts of lying to a grand jury and one of obstruction for telling a grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.