Feds: Fertility Drug Helped Bonds Mask Steroids

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 8:38 PM CST
Feds: Fertility Drug Helped Bonds Mask Steroids
Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds interacts with fans in San Francisco on Sept. 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – Federal prosecutors say they've got the goods on Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Laying out evidence before his perjury and obstruction trial next month, prosecutors say they can prove the slugger used a designer steroid known as "the clear" in 2003 along with a female fertility drug to mask it. They've also got a tape-recording of his personal trainer explaining how they were evading drug tests at the time.

A urine sample from Bonds in 2003 originally passed muster by Major League Baseball, but subsequent tests by federal agents detected the steroid. Prosecutors say they've also got private test results from 2000 and 2001 showing the home-run king used during those years, too. A judge will rule this week on Bonds' challenges to the evidence. (Read more Barry Bonds stories.)

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