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Barry Bonds Continues to Circle the Drain. [Feb. 5 2009]

In 2003, Bonds told a federal grand jury that he never knowingly used steroids.

Reports have surfaced this week that federal agents have obtained records from BALCO confirming that Bonds tested positive on three separate occasions for steroid use during 2000 and 2001. One of the tests confirmed the presence of methenelone in his urine while the other two confirmed nandolone.

Prosecutors intend to use this information to show that Bonds lied to the grand jury in 2003. His perjury trial is set for March 3, 2009.

To reinforce the case against Bonds, feds have also disclosed more information about the home-run king. A recent report confirms that Bonds' 2003 urine sample, provided during Major League Baseball's 2003 anonymous steroid testing, contained traces of performance-enhancing drugs (HGH, Clomid and a foreign testosterone). The positive test results did not come about during the original tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, instead the positive results were confirmed by federal authorities who retested the urine samples in 2004.

The 2003 anonymous samples and test results were the benchmark to determine whether random testing would be needed in professional baseball. The Baseball Players Union and MLB agreed that if 5-7% of the anonymous tests came back positive, stricter testing with penalties would begin in 2004. Of the 1,438 tests, it is believed that 90 (6.25%) were positive.

Originally Bonds' urine sample did not test positive for performance-enhancing drugs raising questions about the test quality performed by Quest Diagnostics. It also raises questions about the actual number of steroid users sampled during the 2003 anonymous test.

An official for MLB stated that after the 2003 tests, MLB switched testing to the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Montreal because they are the gold standard for testing of performance-enhancing drugs. Which begs the question, "Why didn't MLB use the highest standard of testing to begin with?"

Inching Bonds closer to the drain, federal agents disclosed evidence that Bonds tested positive for amphetamines on July 7, 2006. Bonds was informed of the positive test in a letter dated August 1, 2007 from baseball commissioner Bud Selig. The letter notified Bonds that he will be subject to six more tests over a one-year period.

Prosecutors plan to combine the 4 positive tests noted above with 20 other tests taken from 2000- 2006 as well as evidence from trainer Greg Anderson (more than 2 dozen drug calendars) and BALCO log sheets.

Federal agents also have:
• Handwritten notes
• Opinion evidence on steroids, HGH, THG, EPO and Clomid
• Witness evidence of Bonds’ physical and emotional behavioral characteristics
• Recorded conversations that didn’t include Bonds
• Bonds' voice mails on his former girlfriend Kimberly Bell's answering machine
• Players, including Jason Giambi, who will testify about the use of the calendars

Barry Bonds' lawyers are working to suppress all the evidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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