San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds testified yesterday before a federal grand jury investigating a suspected illegal steroid ring allegedly involving his personal trainer and his nutritionist, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bond credited the two men for helping him when he broke baseball’s single-season home- run record.
Bonds spent more than five hours behind closed doors, saying when it was over that the session had gone “fine.” Former Giants catcher Benito Santiago testified later.
Bonds, who hit 73 home runs in 2001 to break the record, is the most prominent of 18 elite athletes known to have been summoned before the grand jury in a widening federal investigation of sports doping. Bonds has publicly denied using steroids. Since October, the grand jury has been investigating a Burlingame, Ca., nutritional supplements company called BALCO, its founder, self- taught scientist Victor Conte, and Greg Anderson, Bonds’ personal weight trainer.
Sources told the Chronicle that Conte and Anderson are suspected of having supplied elite athletes with illegal performance-enhancing drugs intended to make them bigger, stronger and faster. In a raid on BALCO on Sept. 3, sources said, investigators seized containers of suspected human growth hormone and suspected steroids.