Barry Bonds Perjury Trial: Should We Believe Former Mistress Kimberly Bell?

Kaela BishopContributor IMarch 29, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 29:  Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds (L) arrives at federal court for his perjury trial on March 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds' perjury trial accusing him of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs when he played for the San Francisco Giants enters its second week. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Barry Bonds' former mistress, Kimberly Bell, has testified in court.  Investigative reporter, T.J. Quinn of ESPN, told viewers, Bell claimed Bonds told her steroids were the reason behind an elbow injury from 1999.  Bell also told jurors Bonds was violent with her and threatened her on more than one occasion.  In addition, Bell made the assertion that the size of Bonds’ testicles had shrunken.

Bell’s credibility is diminished enough being that she was a mistress.  The fact that she carried on a relationship with Bonds knowing he was a married man is evidence to most people that she is a dishonest person.  Now that their relationship has ended, it’s assumed that she has some sort of grudge against Bonds.

Now that Bell’s meal ticket is out of the picture, her feelings of resentment are apparent in the courtroom.

Bell was cross examined for the majority of her time in the courtroom.  The idea of her being a mistress can discredit her word to most jurors, but for the rest, mortgage documents were also brought into the equation.  The defense showed that she lied on a federal document by stating that a home in Arizona was a secondary not a primary.        

The reason behind bringing up the said evidence against Bell in this trial is to further discredit her character.  Bell’s word alone should not be strong enough to persuade jurors or anyone in either direction in this trial. Bringing Bell into the case has just been a waste of time.