Giants, Bonds lawyer comment,
"This is a very sad day"
Anderson to be released
Baseball homerun record holder Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal
grand jury yesterday on charges of perjury and obstruction of
justice. The charges stem from federal probe
into illegal steroid use in professional sports.
Photo by Stephen Dorion Miner
By Julia Cheever & Ari Burack
November 15, 2007
The San Francisco Giants, responding to today's indictment of
former Giants slugger Barry Bonds, said, "This is a very
The team issued a statement saying Bonds "was an important
member of our team" for many years and "is one of the
most talented baseball players of his era."
"These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process
has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a
court of law," the Giants said.
Bonds, 43, played for the Giants from 1993 through this year
and set a record in August as Major League Baseball's all-time
home run leader.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges
of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a
different grand jury in 2003 in a sports steroid probe centered
on the Burlingame-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.
Bonds is due to make an initial appearance before a federal magistrate
in the city on Dec. 7.
His attorney, Michael Rains of Pleasant Hill, said this afternoon
that the court process will allow the "whole truth"
to come out in the case, which has been subject to media speculation
about a possible indictment of Bonds since the federal probe began
Rains said, "Now the public will get the whole truth, not
just selectively leaked fabrications from anonymous sources."
He added, "What we want to know is whether the media will
spend as much time repairing Barry's reputation as they have destroying
it after he is proven innocent by a fair and impartial jury."
Bonds faces four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction
of justice for allegedly lying when he denied to a grand jury
on Dec. 4, 2003, that he had been given steroids and other performance-enhancing
drugs by his trainer, Greg Anderson.
Bonds is not criminally charged in the indictment with using
But introductory material in the indictment alleges, "During
the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive
tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing
substances for Barry Bonds and other professional athletes."
In another development today, U.S. District Judge William Alsup
ordered Anderson's release from a federal prison in Dublin where
he spent 13 and one-half months in custody after being found in
contempt of court for refusing to testify in the perjury probe.
Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, said he expects Anderson to
be released from the prison tonight.
Anderson, 41, pleaded guilty in an earlier BALCO-related prosecution
to charges of money laundering conspiring to give professional
athletes anabolic steroids and was sentenced to three months in
He was sent back to prison by Alsup last year after he refused
to testify about whether Bonds, his client and childhood friend,
had lied before the earlier grand jury.
Alsup signed the release order after prosecutors filed a brief
notice saying they did not oppose Anderson's release. The notice
did not mention Bonds's indictment.
In three of the counts in the indictment, Bonds is accused of
lying when he said he had not taken steroids, any injections or
human growth hormone from Anderson.
The fourth perjury count accuses him of lying when he said he
hadn't received a cream he believed to be flax seed oil or another
lotion called "the clear" from Anderson before 2002.
"The clear," also known as THG, is a once-undetectable
steroid-like drug banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
at the end of 2003.
The fifth count accuses Anderson of obstruction of justice for
the four alleged perjuries as well as additional allegedly "evasive
and misleading testimony."
If convicted, Bonds could technically face up to five years in
prison for each count of perjury and 10 years in prison for obstruction
of justice, though a judge would first consider federal sentencing
guidelines in the case.
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