The Barry Bonds trial is bringing out the real truth behind the steroids usage during the time he was playing. The trial began this week and may end up keeping Binds in the hot seat and a possible perjury offense.
According to ESPN.com:
SAN FRANCISCO — While attorney Allen Ruby conducted a clinic on cross-examination techniques Wednesday in his defense of Barry Bonds against perjury charges, there was something else going on in the courtroom. As Ruby scored again and again in his interrogation of former Bonds business manager Steve Hoskins, the prosecutors were piling up points in less dramatic but effective ways.
Throughout the third day of the trial, the words “steroids” and “syringe” and “human growth hormone” were repeated again and again. With the jurors watching, both sides spent the day talking and arguing about Bonds doing exactly what he told the grand jury he never did.
When you’re on trial on charges of making false statements to the grand jury, this is the last thing you want to see. Quietly and relentlessly and with none of Ruby’s flair, prosecutors Matthew Parrella and Jeff Nedrow are succeeding in placing Bonds in the middle of a world of performance-enhancing drugs.
Even as he struggled against Ruby’s stylish questioning, Hoskins managed to tell the jury of steroids-related incidents involving Bonds that began in 1999 and continued until the childhood friends severed their personal and business relationship in 2003.
Soon after Bonds began training with Greg Anderson, Bonds asked Hoskins to gather information about steroids, their worth and their side effects. Bonds particularly wanted to know about Winstrol, one of the most notorious testosterone products, according to Hoskins. Nervously and reluctantly, Hoskins told the jury that he obtained information from Bonds’ personal physician and later discussed it with Bonds. He even produced the materials the physician had copied from a textbook.
Hoskins also described a spring training incident in which he observed Bonds and Anderson leaving a bedroom with Anderson carrying a small syringe. Ruby will challenge Hoskins’ veracity, but, if Hoskins were lying to get even with Bonds for ending their business relationship, he easily could have said he saw the actual injection. The account he gave Wednesday had a ring of truth.
It got worse for Bonds as Hoskins continued to tell his story. At what was then known as Pac Bell Park, Hoskins heard Anderson tell Bonds that Anderson, worried about infection, would not inject him with any more steroids. Bonds replied, according to Hoskins, that “I’ll do it myself.”
Barry Bonds is not gonna come out of this with any damage to his future as a hall of famer. Which to the retired Barry Bonds is his last big accomplishment that he really wants to happen, but he may wanna dream another dream!