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Documents: Bonds's trainer caught on tape

He injected slugger 'all over the place'

By Paul Elias
Associated Press / February 5, 2009
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SAN FRANCISCO - 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 2000-03 test results and other evidence, detailed in documents released yesterday, at Bonds's trial next month to show he lied when he told a federal grand jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.

Bonds's attorneys want that evidence suppressed, and US District Judge Susan Illston is to hear arguments today on what to allow jurors to hear. Bonds's 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's childhood friend and personal assistant, secretly tape-recorded a 2003 conversation with Anderson in the Giants' clubhouse because Hoskins wanted to prove to Bonds's father, Bobby Bonds, that his son was using steroids.

Anderson and Hoskins, who were near Bonds's 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's attorneys argued that none of Anderson's statements outside 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 the slugger went to the FBI with accusations Hoskins stole from him.

Three of Bonds's 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 the slugger was intimately involved with BALCO.

Bonds's 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's "physical, behavioral, and emotional characteristics" - including back acne, testicle shrinkage, head, hat, hand, and foot size, and sexual behavior - recorded conversations that didn't include Bonds; and voice mails allegedly left by Bonds on the answering machine of ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell.

Bonds's 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.

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