Barry Bonds’ felony conviction upheld at appeal, but at least he’s alive

Mike Oz
September 13, 2013

Considering a typo in a news story said he was dead, Friday's news for Barry Bonds could have been much worse. An obstruction of justice conviction against the notorious slugger was upheld by a federal appeals court.

This relates back to Bonds' 2003 grand jury testimony regarding the BALCO scandal, and more specifically whether his trainer Greg Anderson had ever injected him with PEDs.

From the AP:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds' testimony was ''evasive'' and capable of misleading investigators and hindering their probe into a performance-enhancing-drug ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, better known as BALCO.

Like several other prominent athletes who testified before the grand jury, Bonds was granted immunity from criminal prosecution as long as he testified truthfully.

But after Bonds repeatedly denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs - he testified he thought he was taking flax seed oil and other legal supplements - prosecutors charged him with obstruction and with making false statements.

In reporting that news, an story earlier in the day said Barry Bonds had died in August 2003, when it meant his father, Bobby Bonds. The 2004 season in which Barry Bonds hit 45 homers, drove in 101 runs and won his fourth consecutive NL MVP would have been even more impressive had he been dead the entire time. Sorry, 2pac, but that would have ranked as best posthumous performance ever.

Bonds, 49, could now face punishment for his felony conviction, but it won't be death. He's looking at 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation, community service and a fine. His legal team, however, could petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for another appeal.

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