Bonds' attorney says no plan to sue
Ex-girlfriend alleges Bonds used steroids
Barry Bonds' ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell will not be sued for
for alleging in a Playboy article that Bonds used steroids.
Composite photo by guano
By Jeff Shuttleworth
October 6, 2007
A lawyer for San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds said Friday
he's upset that his ex girlfriend Kimberly Bell alleges in a Playboy
magazine article that Bonds used steroids but doesn't plan to
sue her at this time.
Oakland attorney John Burris said in a phone interview, "I'm
not inclined to recommend suing Kim Bell because she's a disgruntled
ex-girlfriend whose credibility on its face is suspect."
Burris, said, "I don't feel we should dignify her comments
with a lawsuit. It's gossip and we don't want to involve ourselves
in responding to gossip."
Burris alleged that Bell "is trying to cash-in on their
so-called relationship and is using the steroids allegation to
give enough juice to Playboy that they will pay her."
However, Bell says she hasn't been paid by Playboy, according
to a column in Thursday's San Francisco Chronicle.
In a joint statement that he and Burris issued yesterday, San
Francisco attorney Todd Schneider said, "We had hoped that
Ms. Bell would adhere to basic notions of truth and common decency
in her comments to Playboy. Obviously we were wrong."
Burris said, "It is obvious that the lure of a lucrative
payday from Playboy magazine has driven Ms. Bell to make these
unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue statements."
Burris said, "Unfortunately, Ms. Bell has simply joined
the many others who have cashed in by fabricating stories about
On Aug. 13, Burris and Schneider said Bonds is threatening to
sue anyone who makes false or misleading statements about him.
Burris and Schneider said Bonds retained them "in connection
with legal issues arising from the myriad of false statements
attributed to him by players, the media and others."
The attorneys, who are veteran civil rights litigators, said
they believe "such statements are defamatory and have legal
They said they "want the public to know that Barry's silence
in the face of the accusations should not be construed as an admission
of any kind."
In fact, Burris and Schneider said Bonds retained them "because
of the false nature of these statements."
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