A federal appeals court ruled on Friday to uphold the obstruction of justice conviction levied against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.
The episode happened back in 2003, when Bonds was questioned before a grand jury whether or not his trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever provided him with performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds’ response was misleading, as he talked about his friendship with Anderson and other unrelated topics. The jury decided that Bonds deliberately attempted to delay or obstruct with the investigation.
Bonds’ lawyers argued that he committed no crime by rambling to the question, and claimed that when asked the same question later, Bonds did give a direct response.
However, judge Mary Schroeder disagrees.
“It is irrelevant that Bonds eventually provided a direct response to the question about self-injectable substances,” the judge wrote, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We conclude that there was sufficient evidence to convict Bonds of obstructing justice.”
Bonds now faces 30 days of house arrest well as two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine.
Bonds, who retired after the 2007 season, has 762 career home runs and set the single-season home run record back in 2001, when he slugged 73 out of the ballpark. It is unfortunate that his remarkable achievements have been overshadowed by his use of PEDs and legal issues.