Key witness says he saw Bonds’ trainer with syringe

Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds arrives before the opening arguments portion of his perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, California March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW)

A key witness in Barry Bonds’ perjury trial testified on Wednesday that he saw Greg Anderson leave Bonds’ spring training bedroom with a syringe in 2000.

From CSN Bay Area:

Steve Hoskins said that when he saw Bonds and his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, coming out of the master bedroom he assumed Anderson had injected the star player with steroids.

He testified that he saw the two disappear into that room “once or twice” at each spring training over three consecutive years beginning in 2000.

He also told the jury of eight women and four men that, a year earlier, Bonds had ordered him to research the benefits and side effects of a steroid after the slugger had undergone elbow surgery.

I wouldn’t think this news will make or break Bonds’ case. In his opening statements on Tuesday, lead attorney Allen Ruby acknowledged that Bonds took steroids but claimed that Anderson misled him about what the substances were. This trial is not about whether or not Bonds took steroids: He did. But it’s up to the defense to somehow prove that he didn’t know what Anderson was giving him.

Good luck with that, by the way. Bonds’ defense team better have some real concrete evidence that their client had no idea what Anderson was giving him. And they better be able to convince a jury that Bonds was actually stupid enough not to question Anderson before ingesting/injecting unknown substances into his body.

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