San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds told a federal grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream supplied by the laboratory now enmeshed in a sports doping scandal, but he said he never thought they were steroids, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Federal prosecutors charge that the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, known as BALCO, distributed undetectable steroids to elite athletes in the form of a clear substance that was taken orally and a cream that was rubbed onto the body. Federal prosecutors confronted Bonds on Dec. 4, 2003, with documents indicating he had used steroids and human growth hormone during a three-year assault on baseball’s home run record. He denied the allegations.
Bonds’ attorney, Michael Rains, suspects that the the federal government was the source of the grand jury leak. “My view has always been this case has been the U.S. vs. Bonds, and I think the government has moved in certain ways in a concerted effort to indict my client,” Rains said. “And I think their failure to indict him has resulted in their attempts to smear him publicly.” One week after Bonds testified, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi and his brother Jeremy, both former Oakland A’s, described in detail how they had injected themselves with performance-enhancing drugs.