The government’s pursuit of celebrity athletes can best be characterized as a witch-hunt in most cases. A notable exception is the case of Roger Clemens. Whereas the government seemingly tried to set up athletes such as Barry Bonds in order to pursue them on perjury charges for lying about their own steroid use, federal agents did not need to resort to these tactics with Roger Clemens. Professor Peter Keane thinks Roger Clemens gave federal prosecutors no choice but to indict him on perjury charges. [Read more...]
Greg Anderson, long-time childhood friend of Barry Bonds and convicted BALCO steroid dealer, is an assistant coach for a youth baseball team in the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association (BYBA) according to the New York Times. Anderson passed the BYBA screening process in spite of his association with the largest steroid scandal in sports history.
The parents of the 11- and 12-year old baseball players had mixed feelings about Anderson’s involvement with their children. Some felt his steroid past should keep him from associating with young baseball players while other parents were happy to have such a knowledgeable coach teaching their children. [Read more...]
Nikolai Bonds, the son of embattled baseball homerun king Barry Bonds, spoke publicly about his father for the first time in an exclusive interview with journalist Hannah Karp of the Wall Street Journal. Barry Bonds is currently on trial for perjury after the government accused him of lying to a 2003 grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids in baseball scandal. Bonds denied knowingly using anabolic steroids and receiving injections from his personal trainer.
Nikolai Bonds told Karp that he has been wearing a larger hat size than his father ever since middle school. Mike Murphy, the former San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse manager, testified last week that the senior Bonds’ cap size increased but the junior Bonds thinks Murphy confused his hat from that of his father. Nikolai Bonds began using a larger cap size to accommodate his hair. [Read more...]
The government has mysteriously produced an 8-year old secret recording allegedly between Dr. Arthur Ting and Bob Hoskins during the Barry Bonds perjury trial. The government told the court that their witness Steve Hoskins just found the recording on Sunday. Ting, the orthopedic surgeon for Barry Bonds, repeatedly contradicted and undermined the testimony of Bob Hoskins when he was called by the government last week. Hoskins had testified that he had about fifty conversations regarding steroids with Dr. Ting. Ting denied these conversations ever occurred and acknowledged only one steroid discussion with Hoskins that did not even directly involve Barry Bonds. [Read more...]
The United States government called Dr. Arthur Ting, the orthopedic surgeon for former baseball superstar Barry Bonds, to testify on Friday. Dr. Ting acted more like a defense witness than a witness for the prosecution as he systematically and repeated contradicted and undermined testimony by Steve Hoskins. Hoskins had testified, among other things, that he had about fifty conversations regarding steroids with Dr. Ting and that the surgeon told him steroids were responsible for Barry Bonds elbow injury. Ting denied these conversations ever occurred and admitted he only had one discussion with Hoskins and that it did not even directly involve Barry Bonds. [Read more...]
Federal prosecutors called Larry Bowers as their expert witness to testify on the side effects of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone during the first week of the Barry Bonds perjury trial. Barry Bonds is on trial for lying under oath about knowingly using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.
Larry Bowers is the Chief Science Officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA); he is an expert in analytical chemistry and drug testing. Although Bowers is not a medical doctor and has never seen a patient nor treated a single patient with steroid-related side effects, he was chosen as the prosecution’s authority on medical side effects related to PEDs. [Read more...]
Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News reported late yesterday that a government witness scheduled to testify in the Barry Bonds perjury trial had previously called the government’s star witness a liar. Former BALCO vice president Jim Valente called government agent Jeff Novitzky a liar in a sworn affidavit made in November 2004. If Valente testified, it would open the door for Bonds’ lawyers to undermine the credibility of Novitzky. The government, in a last minute move this morning, removed Valente from the witness list suggesting that government prosecutors had failed to account for this possibility. Thompson apparently saved the government from making a major blunder in their court case. [Read more...]