Former Giant and homerun king, Barry Bonds had his conviction of obstruction of justice upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco, Friday, that stems from his testimony regarding performance enhancing drugs in baseball, back in 2003.
The controversy at hand, was the question of whether Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever given him any performance enhancing substances used to inject into his body. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds’ answer was
evasive, misleading, and capable of influencing the grand jury to minimize the trainer’s role in the distribution of performance enhancing drugs
The jury ruled based on the feeling that Bonds’ answer to the question was off topic in a deliberate attempt to avoid or delay the answer, when he began rambling off with stories about his father Bobby Bonds, and describing his friendship with Anderson.
Bonds’ attorney, Dennis Riordan, argued that the slugger answered directly to the question when asked the second time around, and denied ever using the injectable drugs, only to have Judge Mary Schroeder respond:
It is irrelevant that Bonds eventually provided a direct response to the question about self-injectable substances. We conclude that there was sufficient evidence to convict Bonds of obstructing justice.
Bonds will not see jail time, but is now facing 30-days’ home confinement as well as two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine.
After receiving the news of his conviction, the homerun king wants to serve his sentencing immediately, and had this statement:
Naturally, I am disappointed with today’s decision from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals,” “But this disappointment does not in any way diminish the profound respect and admiration I have for our justice system, the best in the world. Therefore, I have instructed my attorneys to ask the court and probation officials to permit me to begin serving my full sentence and probation immediately.
Bonds has been out of baseball since 2007 and has since distanced himself from the sport and got involved in endurance sports, particularly running, and has taken a profound interest in the Ironman Triathlon. The Giants organization doesn’t mention him much these days either, besides his historic enshrinements around AT&T Park. He wasn’t even featured in either of the Giants two World Series championship parades. PEDs scandals will sadly forever be a black cloud over his baseball accomplishments.