Thursday, November 15, 2007

Barry Bonds Indicted for Perjury, Obstruction

According to CNN Barry Bonds has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges:

Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, the culmination of a four-year federal investigation into whether he lied under oath to a grand jury looking into steroid use by elite athletes.

Wikipedia details Bonds' illustrious and controversial career in Major League Baseball:

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a left fielder who is a free agent of Major League Baseball. He is the son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays, and a distant cousin of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007. Giants management has stated that he will not be with the team for the 2008 season, and Bonds filed for free agency following the 2007 World Series.

Bonds holds the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762, after surpassing Hank Aaron's career mark of 755 in a game against the Washington Nationals on August 7, 2007. He is also the all-time career leader in both walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688). He holds numerous other records, including the single-season Major League record for home runs (73), set in 2001, and a record seven Most Valuable Player awards.

Since 2003, Bonds has been a key figure in the BALCO scandal, though he has never failed a steroid test. He was under investigation by a federal grand jury regarding his testimony in the BALCO case, and was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges on November 15, 2007.

A copy of the actual indictment documentation is at Smoking Gun

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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