Ex-Mistress: Bonds Blamed 'Roids for Injury

Perjury trial continues over slugger's denial of using steroids
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2011 6:20 PM CDT
Barry Bonds Mistress Kimberly Bell Testifies That He Blamed Steroid Use for Elbow Injury
This Oct. 4, 2001, file photo shows Giants' Barry Bonds celebrating his 70th home run against the Houston Astros, as his son Nikolai runs to greet him.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

(Newser) – Barry Bonds' ex-mistress took the stand in his perjury trial today, testifying that the ex-slugger blamed steroids for a 1999 elbow injury, and that his head got bigger—literally—and testicles got smaller over the course of their nine-year relationship. Kimberly Bell, who maintained the relationship even after he told her he was marrying another woman in 1999, said Bonds told her his muscle and tendons grew too fast, and "blew out" the joint.

"He mentioned that other players do it and that's how they got ahead, that's how they achieved," Bell said, adding that Bonds was "increasingly aggressive" in later years, once threatening to "cut out my breast implants because he paid for them." The defense is attempting to discredit Bell as a gold-digger, reports the AP, pointing to the numerous ways in which she profited from her relationship with Bonds, and her attempts to cash in after it ended. Click for the nitty-gritty on the whole mess, or for another ex-baseball slugger who's in trouble today. (Read more Barry Bonds stories.)

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