Found December 20, 2011 on The Biz of Baseball:
PLAYERS: Barry Bonds
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Fifty million dollars. That’s one estimate of how much the federal government spent to convict Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice. And on Friday, eight months after his conviction, MLB’s all-time home run champ was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $4,000 fine. That’s not much of a return for “our” investment. But perhaps the sentence was fitting, given that Bonds wasn’t guilty of the charge on which he was convicted. The case for obstruction stemmed from a response Bonds gave to one question during his grand jury appearance. When prosecutors asked whether he had ever received anything from his friend and trainer, Greg Anderson, “that required a syringe to inject yourself with?” Bonds initially responded, “I’ve only had one doctor touch me.” He then made a rambling, 13-sentence, 234-word statement about his friendship with Anderson, how he grew up as a “celebrity child” - his father, Bobby Bonds, was also a Major
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