Barry Bonds said the most amazing thing this weekend. It was not about steroids or the U.S. justice system, though he talked about that, too. No, what Bonds told reporters in San Francisco was this:
Nearly nine years, thousands of attorneys' hours and reportedly more than $50 million of taxpayer money later, Barry Bonds has finally received his punishment for distorting the truth (he was found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice).
Legal expert Sunny Hostin says it's a big win for Barry Bonds' defense team that he received two years probation.
Baseball legend Barry Bonds was sentenced Friday to two years of probation and 30 days of house arrest for obstruction of justice in a grand jury inquiry into illegal steroid use by professional athletes.
Baseball legend Barry Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his obstruction of justice conviction.
Federal prosecutors want baseball legend Barry Bonds to serve 15 months in prison for his obstruction of justice conviction, according to a sentencing memo filed in court Thursday.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were long considered first ballot Hall of Famers, but the steroids scandal that has dominated baseball since the '90s has destroyed their reputations and could very well keep them out of Cooperstown.
For those of you depressed that two of our grandest leagues -- the NFL and the NBA -- are both temporarily out of business via lockout, cheer up, because there's other major news to divert you. Drugs are back, front and center; in fact, it's currently a veritable pharmaceutical hullabaloo.
Barry Bonds doesn't belong in jail. He belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Baseball legend Barry Bonds was convicted Wednesday on one count of obstruction of justice, but a mistrial was declared on three counts of perjury after jurors reported they could not reach agreement.
Baseball player Barry Bonds, accused of doping, arrives at a San Francisco courthouse.
Jurors deliberated quietly Tuesday in Barry Bonds' perjury and obstruction of justice trial, sending no notes to the judge and offering no obvious signs of their decision process.
Jurors deciding Barry Bonds' fate asked to listen again to the testimony of a key prosecution witness Friday before they recessed deliberations for the weekend in the baseball legend's perjury and obstruction of justice trial.
Barry Bonds' former trainer was freed Friday from the prison where he's been held since he refused to testify in the baseball legend's perjury trial two weeks ago.
A federal jury began deliberating the perjury and obstruction of justice case against baseball legend Barry Bonds Thursday afternoon.
The defense rested Wednesday in Barry Bonds' perjury trial, and jurors are expected to begin deliberations Thursday after hearing closing arguments from the prosecution and Bonds' defense attorney.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three quick thoughts after Day 10 of the perjury trial of former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three quick thoughts after Day 6 of the perjury trial of former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three quick thoughts after Day 5 of the perjury trial of former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Welcome to the weirdest week in the history of the San Francisco Giants.
Bond's former mistress Kimberly Bell testifies against the San Francisco Giants star in a perjury trial. Affiliate KGO reports.
Each year at this time, baseball loves to put on its best face. Unfortunately, this year the game's springtime face has an ugly pimple from its past that simply won't fade away.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three quick thoughts after Day 2 of the perjury trial of former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds:
Barry Bonds' childhood friend Steve Hoskins, who worked for a decade as his assistant, testified Wednesday in Bonds' perjury trial that he tried to convince him to stop using anabolic steroids in 2000 and 2003.
Barry Bonds' personal trainer refused to testify against the baseball home run king in his perjury trial Tuesday, prompting the judge to order the trainer held in custody until he changes his mind.
The all-time home run leader is on trial in criminal court. What sounds like an explosive trial is, from a baseball perspective, oddly lacking in meaning. The United States of America vs. Barry Lamar Bonds, case 07-0732, has almost nothing to do with the legacy of the home run king. That acquired an indelible stain long ago.
Attempting to discern if a jury will be for or against a defendant before a trial begins is as a futile as counting raindrops.
The start of the perjury trial against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds this week doesn't guarantee that the BALCO scandal -- now in its ninth year -- has reached an absolute end, but it represents a culmination of sorts: The scandal's most recognizable figure finally stands before a jury.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The man has been gone for years, his superstar aura has dissipated and now even the name of the recent Giants legend is rarely uttered by his former teammates.
Barry Bonds' chances of gaining an acquittal in his perjury trail are slim. The federal conviction rate is approximately 90 percent, meaning that the minute the government elected to charge Bonds with a crime, his chances of avoiding a conviction were no better than one in 10.
Even with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston rendering key pieces of prosecutorial evidence inadmissible, and even with multiple re-writes of the federal government's indictment, the perjury case against Barry Bonds remains viable.
After a string of courtroom victories, Barry Bonds was dealt a blow Friday afternoon in a San Francisco courtroom.
The long-awaited trial of 46-year-old Barry Bonds, who was originally indicted in November 2007 and who now faces 11 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, is still two months away. Pretrial hearings in the next few weeks, however, may determine whether federal prosecutors can convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that baseball's all-time leading home run hitter knowingly lied under oath about using steroids. If convicted on all counts, Bonds, who has a clean criminal record, would almost certainly face some amount of time in prison, possibly up to two and a half years.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds came bounding out of the Giants dugout in jeans and his old No. 25 jersey, jumping up and down and waving, showing more enthusiasm than he ever did when he wore the full uniform, pants and all.
With baseball season in full swing, here's a list of some of the more creative, generous or ludicrous perks players have received.
Last weekend, Barry Bonds told the San Francisco media that he is not ready to retire from baseball.
Every time you go to a baseball game you see something new. And that was certainly true at AT&T Park on Monday night.
Now that United States of America v. Barry Lamar Bonds has been pushed back until at least the summer, baseball's all-time home run champ has let it be known that he would like to play this season. For the second year in a row, Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris, has reportedly contacted every major league team requesting that each consider his client. Bonds is said to be willing to sign for the major league minimum, $400,000, a steep discount from his most recent salary of $15.5 million. Nonetheless, every team has passed.
Baseball slugger Barry Bonds won't be headed to court Monday after all.
On the eve of Barry Bonds' long-awaited perjury trial, federal prosecutors have called a risky audible that may delay the trial for months.
By his statistics alone, Barry Bonds would be considered one of the greatest players to ever walk onto a baseball field.
On a day when Alex Rodriguez faced the media to answer questions about his admitted steroid use, Barry Bonds learned that potential jurors in his upcoming perjury trial cannot be asked their opinion of Rodriguez. Prosecutors had objected to the relevance of potential questions about Rodriguez on grounds that he bore no relationship to the legal charges against Bonds. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston agreed on Tuesday to exclude such questioning.
The federal judge presiding over the perjury trial of Barry Bonds wasted no time Thursday in letting her feelings be known on the admissibility of some key evidence and seems poised to deliver a blow to the government's case against the former San Francisco Giants slugger.
Tapes allegedly of Barry Bonds and his trainer discussing drug tests are revealed in court. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.
Baseball home-run king Barry Bonds repeated his longstanding not-guilty plea to federal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday ahead of a hearing on his upcoming trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston unsealed hundreds of pages of court filings in the Barry Bonds' perjury case on Wednesday. Taken together, the documents appear to strengthen the government's case that Bonds knowingly used steroids.
A federal judge unsealed documents Wednesday in the perjury case against baseball home-run king Barry Bonds, including steroid test results and notes from his personal trainer.
The last 36 hours have offered much insight into the diversity of evidence that prosecutors will use to demonstrate that Barry Bonds used steroids. It is now known that prosecutors possess test results that link Bonds to additional types of performance-enhancing drugs than previously known, that Bobby Estalella, a teammate of Bonds in 2000 and 2001 who has admitted to steroid use, will testify that he has first-hand knowledge of Bonds using steroids, and that Jason Giambi and Jeremy Giambi will testify that the former personal trainer they shared with Bonds -- Greg Anderson -- developed doping calendars for them. It thus appears that prosecutors possess an impressive array of physical, testimonial and circumstantial evidence that is poised to confirm widespread suspicions about Bonds and steroids.
The New York Times reports today that federal prosecutors have obtained evidence linking Barry Bonds to additional types of performance-enhancing drugs than previously known. Bonds has already admitted using tetrahydrogestinone, better known as THG or "The Clear," and "The Cream," which is a composition of testosterone and epitestosterone, but he insists he did not know they were steroids. He instead contends that he simply took whatever his former trainer, Greg Anderson, gave him while assuming that the substances were benign, such as flaxseed oil. Today's news indicates that prosecutors intend to show that Bonds used other steroids as well and, presumably, that he lied about them while under oath.
So, I made it to Las Vegas for the winter meetings, and I've already seen Tommy Lasorda, Bobby Valentine and a cocktail waitress who looks almost exactly like Elizabeth Hurley. I did not see them together, alas, but the winter meetings have only begun. There's plenty of time for Vegas and baseball to collide.
If you are about my age*, then you grew up as a baseball fan with three statistics and only three statistics. There was batting average. There were home runs runs. And there were RBIs. That was it.
Oh, it was going to happen. It was just a matter of when. Not in March or April, maybe, and probably not in May or June. But as the trade deadline approached, some team was going to look at the market, realize that they were going to need to give up three or four quality prospects to acquire a good outfielder, and realize at that price it was worth signing ... Barry Bonds.
Barry Bonds, whatever you think about him, still makes baseball sense for just about any team. The home runs. The RBIs. The walks. The threat of all of that. Bonds' baseball-bashing oeuvre is, even his most ardent critics have to admit, pretty impressive. If somebody is searching for an impact bat, none is bigger than the one Bonds carries.
New Yankees Boss Hank Steinbrenner is said to be at least open to the idea of bringing embattled and unemployed superstar Barry Bonds to the Yankees. However, other top club decisionmakers are less enamored of the idea, people familiar with the Yankees' thinking say, after the team's top brass met in Tampa to discuss Bonds and other potential targets.
The Hall said Tuesday recent talks with fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the souvenir for more than $750,000 last September, had "unfortunately reached an impasse"
Barry Bonds has pleaded not guilty to 15 felony charges of lying to a federal grand jury about his performance-enhancing drug use
The new indictment against Barry Bonds was expected and does not represent a major turning point in the government's case against him.
Today brings Barry Bonds another day closer to his retirement, a retirement of his own making. Each day he is out of baseball makes him another day older, another day removed from seeing live pitching, and another day looking less wanted than gingivitis.
All-time home run king Barry Bonds is at home in one of the fanciest sections of Beverly Hills, Calif., waiting for word about a job, and some might say that isn't such a terrible price to pay. Those folks say he shouldn't complain for even one second. But people who know him say he desperately wants to play baseball and still can't believe no one wants him.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston has deemed the federal government's indictment against Barry Bonds to be duplicitous, meaning that it has unlawfully charged Bonds with two or more distinct offenses in a single count. Each count should allege only one distinct offense, such as one instance of perjury rather than multiple instances.
It's not hard to understand why the Tampa Bay Rays would be interested in signing Barry Bonds. The Rays are a little bit like the quiet kid who shows up at school after summer vacation with his hair dyed pink -- it might be an awful look, but at least it gets him noticed. Hardly anyone ever pays attention to Tampa Bay, including the residents of the greater Tampa/St. Pete area, judging from the club's attendance figures, so what better way to make a splash than to sign an automatic newsmaker like Bonds?
There's an elephant in baseball's living room. With pitchers and catchers due to report in less than three weeks, most teams have finished building their 2008 squads. There are still a fair number of available free agents, but most are old, infirm, or otherwise unproductive. There is one glaring exception, the last big name free agent who remains unsigned: Barry Bonds.
When Bill Clinton first ran for president in 1992, his campaign posted the now-famous slogan "It's the economy, stupid!" in its headquarters to keep the candidate and everyone around him on point about what the electorate truly cared about. And it worked.
With his baseball career in question, all-time home-run leader Barry Bonds is looking forward to starting the New Year off right.
As Max Robinson stood before a group of Howard University students and alumni in 1988, he implored them to never, ever lose their credibility and integrity because as a journalist, he said, "In the end, that's all you've got."
Barry Bonds's day in court dawns cold and windy, but the air smells good, like justice.
Barry Bonds arrives at court to face charges that he lied to a grand jury about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Home-run king Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to charges related to accusations he used performance-enhancing drugs and lied about it to a grand jury.
Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs
We have seen, you have to think, the last of Barry Bonds on a baseball field. Who would touch him now? Who would hire a tainted slugger mired in legal quicksand, facing a high-profile trial with a chance of a decent-sized prison term at the end of it? Who would fork over millions of dollars for an aging and bitter pariah who, even if he clears all those legal hurdles, may yet get stomped on by the big boot of baseball's commissioner?
The day may come that the bars of a prison cell clank shut behind him, and you wonder if, even then, Barry Bonds will admit to the terrible mistake that changed his life. It isn't the error of using performance-enhancing drugs that will have finally done him in, but the fateful miscalculation of lying to the federal government about it.
CNN.com readers say Barry Bonds should face charges. But they also want to know where the feds were before Bonds packed baseball stadiums and crushed pitch after pitch to become baseball's home run king.
A federal grand jury indictment on Thursday charged Barry Bonds, baseball's record home run hitter, with perjury and obstruction of justice and accused him of testing positive for performance-enhancing steroids.
The federal government has brought charges of perjury and obstruction of justice against the game's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Please take a moment to answer a few questions on this latest development.
With criminal charges hanging over him, he may still want to play. But teams will avoid signing the troubled slugger
Baseball's all-time home-run leader, Barry Bonds, was indicted Thursday on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying under oath to a federal grand jury looking into steroid use among pro athletes.
The number 762, which today looks very much like the final number, is an asterisk unto itself.
1. How serious are the charges against Bonds?
If convicted, the all-time home run king could face as much as 30 years for perjury and obstruction of justice
Also in this column: • Joe Torre update • Forty million for Rivera? • Barry Bonds to Japan? • More news and notes
The media tour took her earlier in the day to The Howard Stern Show, where the subject of performance enhancement centered on the bedroom as opposed to the baseball field. Inside Edition and Reuters filled the bill on the previous afternoon. Geraldo was scheduled for the weekend. This is Kimberly Bell's life for the moment, a minor figure in a major story about baseball and steroids. For Bell, though, it is a much smaller tale. It is the story of woman who fell in love with the wrong man: Barry Bonds.
Also in this column: • Another meltdown for Bradley • A-Rod rumor season in full swing • Four-man MVP race in the NL
Barry Bonds' record achievement on Tuesday night was historical and perhaps even inspirational, just like Hank Aaron graciously said up on the big board in San Francisco afterward. It was also uncomfortable and unhappy for most folks who follow baseball.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared Wednesday Barry Bonds Day in the City by the Bay, following the Giants slugger's hitting his 756th home run Tuesday night.
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds became baseball's home run king Tuesday night, crushing career homer No. 756 to pass Hank Aaron.
How does it feel?
He didn't hit them out with a syringe. Say what you will about Barry Bonds and his chemically enhanced assault on the home run record, but keep in mind the cream and the clear and whatever other performance-enhancing drugs he might have used were not some kind of magic potions. He's not at 756 home runs, and counting, just because he found the right pharmacy.