March 20, 2005

HARD TO CATCH HANK FROM PRISON:

Doping scandal swirls at feet of a Giant: BALCO CASE: Bonds' former girlfriend testifies (Lance Williams, Mark Fainaru-Wada, March 20, 2005, SF Chronicle)

Prosecutors in the BALCO steroids conspiracy case subpoenaed a former girlfriend of Barry Bonds to testify before a federal grand jury in San Francisco last week, questioning her about the Giants star's finances and whether he used steroids, The Chronicle has learned.

Kimberly Bell, 35, a graphic artist from San Jose who says she dated Bonds from 1994 to 2003, told the grand jury Thursday that in 2000, the left fielder confided to her that he had begun using steroids, according to two sources familiar with an account of her testimony.

Bell also testified that in 2001, Bonds had given her $80,000 in cash -- earned, she claimed, from his sale of autographed baseballs and other memorabilia -- to make the down payment on a house for her in Scottsdale, Ariz., near the Giants' spring training facility, the sources said.

Bonds' attorney, Michael Rains, said the Giants star had never used banned substances and had never made big cash payments to Bell. He said he had "no grave concern, none at all," about the grand jury inquiry.

Bell testified with a grant of full immunity from prosecution, said her attorney, criminal defense specialist Hugh Levine of San Francisco.

"It's clear from the subpoena that they are looking at Barry Bonds and the possibility he may have given untruthful testimony to the grand jury," Levine said in an interview. "And the case is being investigated by an IRS agent, and that speaks for itself."


Did he think he was too big a star to face perjury charges?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2005 3:19 PM
Comments

They're going to need a lot more than testimony from a sleazeball like Conte and a bimbo like this Bell broad to bring a case against the best player in MLB, especially when that guy is a rich, alley fighter.

Posted by: bart at March 20, 2005 3:44 PM

Bart: Ever hear of Martha Stewart? At trial, his wealth and fame will work against him with the jury.

Posted by: Bob at March 20, 2005 4:59 PM

Bonds going down would be a blessing for all the young high schoolers who might otherwise emulate him. The Congressional hearings may have seemed silly to legislative purists in the backwoods of New England, but I promise you the parents of intense young baseball players everywhere are cheering from the rooftops. Protect our kids from the examples these cheating criminals provide.

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 20, 2005 5:01 PM

"Bell unsuccessfully sued Bonds for palimony and admitted to going public with her allegations of steroid use because Bonds "offered me peanuts for the whole thing" (Fox News)

He walks.


Posted by: h-man at March 20, 2005 5:22 PM

Bob,

In the Martha Stewart trial, there was a paper trail. Here there is none. It won't even get to a jury.

Posted by: bart at March 21, 2005 6:48 AM

Bart:

For Barry's sake, it had better not. He would do very poorly in a courtroom.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 21, 2005 9:15 AM

In San Francisco? Between the drug users, the buff gay steroid users, the lefties who feel that Blacks can do no wrong and the jock-sniffing crowd that exists in every area with a pro sports team, he would have no trouble with a jury no matter how much of a louse he is.

Posted by: bart at March 21, 2005 1:28 PM
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