Documents Released Indicate More Postitive Tests For Bonds

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Court documents show Barry Bonds tested
positive for three types of steroids, and his personal trainer once
told his business manager in the Giants' clubhouse how he injected
the slugger with performance-enhancing drugs "all over the
place."

Prosecutors plan to use those 2000-2003 test results and other
evidence, detailed in documents released Wednesday, at Bonds' trial
next month to try to prove he lied when he told a federal grand
jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.

Bonds' attorneys want that evidence suppressed, and U.S.
District Judge Susan Illston is to hear arguments Thursday on what
to allow jurors to hear. Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson, who was
jailed several times for refusing to answer questions before a
grand jury, appears to be at the heart of the government's case.
But his lawyer, Mark Geragos, said Anderson will again refuse to
discuss Bonds if prosecutors call him to testify.

Also among the evidence made public were a positive test for
amphetamines in 2006 in a urine sample Bonds gave to Major League
Baseball; doping calendars Anderson maintained with the initials
"BB" and a handwritten note seized from his house labeled
"Barry" that appears to be a laundry list of steroids and planned
blood tests; and a list of current and former major leaguers,
including Jason Giambi, who are expected to testify at the March 2
trial.

The documents said that Steve Hoskins, Bonds' childhood friend
and personal assistant, secretly tape-recorded a 2003 conversation
with Anderson in the Giants' clubhouse because Hoskins wanted to
prove to Bonds' father, Bobby Bonds, that his son was using
steroids.

Anderson and Hoskins, who were near Bonds' locker, were
discussing steroid injections, and at one point, they lowered their
voices to avoid being overheard as players, including Benito
Santiago, and others walked by, according to the documents.

Anderson: "No, what happens is, they put too much in one area,
and ... actually ball up and puddle. And what happens is, it
actually will eat away and make an indentation. And it's a cyst. It
makes a big (expletive) cyst. And you have to drain it. Oh yeah,
it's gnarly. ... Hi Benito. ... Oh it's gnarly."

Hoskins: "... Is that why Barry's didn't do it in one spot, and
you didn't just let him do it one time?"

Anderson: "Oh no. I never. I never just go there. I move it all
over the place."

Also during that conversation, Anderson told Hoskins that "everything that I've been doing at this point, it's all undetectable," according to the documents.

"See, the stuff that I have ... we created it," he was quoted as saying. "And you can't, you can't buy it anywhere. You can't get it anywhere else."

He added that he was unconcerned about Bonds testing positive
because Marion Jones and other athletes using the same drugs had
not been caught doping.

"So that's why I know it works. So that's why I'm not even trippin'. So that's cool," Anderson said, according to the transcript.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported about a tape recording involving Anderson on Oct. 16, 2004, but did not identify the person he was speaking to.

Bonds attorneys argued that none of Anderson's statements
outside of court should be admissible.

"If Anderson does not testify for the government, the truth of
any statement he may (or may not) have made out of court cannot be
so tested," lead Bonds attorney Allen Ruby wrote. "Mr. Bonds will
be stripped of the opportunity to confront and cross-examine the
most prejudicial but least reliable evidence against him."

Bonds and Hoskins had a nasty falling out after slugger went to
the FBI with accusations Hoskins stole from him.

Three of Bonds' test results were seized in a 2003 raid on the
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the headquarters of a massive
sports doping ring shut down by federal agents. Agents said they
seized numerous results of blood and urine tests by Bonds, which
prosecutors argue show that the slugger was intimately involved
with BALCO.

Bonds lawyers moved to suppress 24 drug tests from 2000-06; more
than two dozen drug calendars; BALCO log sheets; handwritten notes;
opinion evidence on steroids, human growth hormone, THG, EPO and
Clomid; witness descriptions of Bonds' "physical, behavioral and
emotional characteristics" - including acne on his back, testicle
shrinkage, head size, hat size, hand size, foot size and sexual
behavior - recorded conversations that didn't include Bonds; and
voice mails allegedly left by Bonds on the answering machine of
former girlfriend Kimberly Bell.

Bonds' lawyers also want to prevent the jury from hearing
evidence of at least four positive steroid tests they argue can't
be conclusively linked to Bonds because of how they were processed.

According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, Bonds tested
positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the
steroid methenelone in urine samples; he also tested positive two
of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A government-retained scientist, Dr. Don Catlin, also said he
found evidence that Bonds used the designer steroid THG upon
retesting a urine sample Bonds supplied as part of baseball's
anonymous survey drug testing in 2003, when the designer drug was
not yet detectable. Federal investigators seized them in 2004 from
the private laboratory used by Major League Baseball before they
could be destroyed, which the players were promised.

Catlin said the sample also tested positive for Clomid, a female
fertility drug, and foreign testosterone.

Included in the evidence was a letter from baseball independent
drug administrator Bryan Smith that Bonds tested positive for an
amphetamine during a drug test on July 7, 2006, when Bonds hit a
three-run homer at Dodger Stadium. There also was a letter from
baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds that Aug. 1 informing him
of the positive test and telling him that he will be subject to six
more tests over a one-year period.

The New York Daily News reported on that test on Jan. 11, 2007,
saying Bonds attributed the positive test to a substance he had
taken from teammate Mark Sweeney's locker.

The court documents also show that prosecutors plan to call to
the witness stand Giambi, along with his brother and former major
leaguer Jeremy Giambi. The government also plans to call Bobby
Estalella, Marvin Benard and Santiago, all former teammates of
Bonds and clients of Anderson.
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Associated Press writers Jason Dearen and Marcus Wohlsen in San
Francisco and Ronald Blum, Rachel Cohen and Ben Walker in New York
also contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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