Barry Bonds’ perjury trial began this week and a key witness said he saw a syringe in the hand of Bonds’ trainer, indicating Bonds had just taken performance enhancing drugs.
Barry Bonds claimed that he thought he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream when his personal trainer gave him steroids, a claim that a federal prosecutor says is “ridiculous and unbelievable.”
It took three years to go from indictment to a trial, but on Monday, Barry Bonds’ perjury trial started with 40 jurors quickly getting dismissed from a prospective jury pool of slightly more than 100 people.
Barry Bonds finished his career with some impressive achievements. That is, if you ignore his use of performance enhancing drugs. The rules over such drugs weren’t as stiff as they are now and Bonds told the grand jury he was unaware of taking performance enhancing drugs.
A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the jury in Barry Bonds’ perjury trial won’t hear the angry voicemails he left his mistress during their rocky nine-year relationship.
Not every athlete is cut out to wear the black hat. Not all jocks are comfy behind Darth Vader’s mask. And very – very – few sports superstars can continue to thrive as one after they’ve also assumed the role of sports villain.
Barry Bonds’ former trainer will be jailed later this month unless he changes his mind about testifying against the slugger.
Barry Bonds is trying to clear his name. He ended his career as baseball’s all-time home run leader, but a perjury trial and steroid accusations have tarnished his image.
Federal prosecutors have cut the number of felony charges Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five.