Unsealed Court Documents Show Bonds Tested Positive for Steroids
Thursday, February 5, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 -- Court documents show Barry Bonds tested positive for three types of steroids, and his personal trainer once told his business manager in the Giants' clubhouse how he injected the slugger with performance-enhancing drugs "all over the place."
Prosecutors plan to use those 2000-03 test results and other evidence, detailed in documents released Wednesday, at Bonds's trial next month to try to prove he lied when he told a federal grand jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.
Bonds's attorneys want that evidence suppressed, and U.S. District Judge Susan Illston is to hear arguments Thursday on what to allow jurors to hear. Bonds's trainer, Greg Anderson, who was jailed several times for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury, appears to be at the heart of the government's case. But his attorney, Mark Geragos, said Anderson will again refuse to discuss Bonds if prosecutors call him to testify.
Also among the evidence made public were a positive test for amphetamines in 2006 in a urine sample Bonds gave to Major League Baseball; doping calendars Anderson maintained with the initials "BB" and a handwritten note seized from his house labeled "Barry" that appears to be a laundry list of steroids and planned blood tests; and a list of current and former major leaguers, including Jason Giambi, who are expected to testify at the March 2 trial.
The documents said that Steve Hoskins, Bonds's childhood friend and personal assistant, secretly tape-recorded a 2003 conversation with Anderson in the Giants' clubhouse because Hoskins wanted to prove to Bonds's father, Bobby Bonds, that his son was using steroids.
Anderson and Hoskins, who were near Bonds's locker, were discussing steroid injections, and at one point, they lowered their voices to avoid being overheard as players, including Benito Santiago, and others walked by, according to the documents.
Anderson: "No, what happens is, they put too much in one area, and . . . actually ball up and puddle. And what happens is, it actually will eat away and make an indentation. And it's a cyst. It makes a big [expletive] cyst. And you have to drain it. Oh yeah, it's gnarly. . . . Hi, Benito. . . . Oh it's gnarly."
Hoskins: " . . . Is that why Barry's didn't do it in one spot, and you didn't just let him do it one time?"
Anderson: "Oh, no. I never. I never just go there. I move it all over the place."
Also during that conversation, Anderson told Hoskins that "everything that I've been doing at this point, it's all undetectable," according to the documents.
"See, the stuff that I have . . . we created it," he was quoted as saying. "And you can't, you can't buy it anywhere. You can't get it anywhere else."
He added that he was not concerned about Bonds testing positive because Marion Jones and other athletes using the same drugs had not been caught doping.
"So that's why I know it works. So that's why I'm not even trippin'. So that's cool," Anderson said, according to the transcript.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported about a tape recording involving Anderson on Oct. 16, 2004, but did not identify the person he was speaking to.
Bonds's attorneys argued that none of Anderson's statements outside of court should be admissible.
"If Anderson does not testify for the government, the truth of any statement he may (or may not) have made out of court cannot be so tested," lead Bonds attorney Allen Ruby wrote. "Mr. Bonds will be stripped of the opportunity to confront and cross-examine the most prejudicial but least reliable evidence against him."