Baseball superstar Barry Bonds was charged Thursday with perjury and obstruction of justice, the culmination of a four-year federal probe into whether he lied under oath to a grand jury investigating steroid use by elite athletes.
The indictment comes three months after the 43-year-old Bonds, one of the biggest names in professional sports, passed Hank Aaron to become baseball's career home run leader, his sport's most hallowed record.
Bonds, who parted ways with the San Francisco Giants at the end of last season, also holds the game's single-season home run record of 73.
While Bonds was chasing Aaron amid the adulation of San Franciscans and the scorn of baseball fans almost everywhere else,
due to his notoriously prickly personality and nagging steroid allegations, a grand jury quietly worked behind closed doors to put
the finishing touches on the long-rumored indictment.
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