Barry Bonds' Friend: I Saw Trainer With Syringe

Perjury trial continues for home run king
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2011 4:10 PM CDT
Barry Bonds goes through security as he arrives at the federal courthouse for his criminal trial, Wednesday in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – A key government witness in the Barry Bonds perjury trial testified today that he saw the home run king's personal trainer leave Bonds' spring training bedroom with a syringe in 2000. Steve Hoskins said that when he saw Bonds and his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, coming out of the master bedroom he assumed Anderson had injected the star player with steroids. He testified that he saw the two disappear into that room "once or twice" at each spring training over three consecutive years beginning in 2000.

He also told the jury that, a year earlier, Bonds had ordered him to research the benefits and side effects of a steroid called Winstrol after the slugger had undergone elbow surgery. Bonds, the all-time major league leader in home runs with 762, is accused of four counts of lying to a federal grand jury and one of obstructing justice for testifying in 2003 that never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.

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