Barry Bonds: Friend of Former Slugger Testifies He Saw Trainer with Syringe
Barry Bonds And Former Trainer Linked To Syringe During Perjury Trial Wednesday
Perhaps one of the most publicized perjury trials in recent history is finally underway, and early in the proceedings there's already been some damning evidence against Bonds.
Bonds' friend Steve Hoskins testified today that he saw former trainer Greg Anderson leaving Bonds' room with a syringe during spring training back in 2000. According to the Associated Press, Hoskins said that when he saw Anderson and Bonds leave his room, Hoskins assumed Anderson injected Bonds with steroids.
According to the AP report, Hoskins also testified that "Bonds had ordered him to research the benefits and side effects of a steroid after the slugger had undergone elbow surgery." Among the other bombshells Hoskins dropped during his testimony was that he had a tape of a conversation between himself and Anderson talking about Bonds' use of steroids, according to the report.
If you've followed the entire case going back to the BALCO scandal, then none of this should sound surprising. But when Bonds' entire defense has been based on being misled about his steroid use, then it's not exactly a promising start for him and his legal team.
The AP reported Bonds' lawyers understandably tried to discredit Hoskins, but one has to think the damage has been done. In terms of the prosecution, it was a great start and one has to think the U.S. Government will have more of the same coming in terms of witnesses.
In the perjury trial of the century, the first punch has been landed. Now it'll be time to wait and see how the Bonds' camp reacts.
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