The trial of baseball star Barry Bonds on charges of lying under oath when he told a grand jury that he had never knowingly used steroids is scheduled to start today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. For Bonds, 46, the stakes are high – even though most experts doubt he will face prison if convicted.
In 2008, Bonds’ judge, Susan Illston, sentenced two defendants who were convicted of lying to authorities about steroids in sports to home confinement, not prison. The trial represents a chance for Bonds to repair a reputation badly tarnished by his association with the BALCO steroid scandal, and, perhaps, to secure a place in baseball history that might otherwise be denied him. The trial is likely to roil a sport that has been unable to get past what has been called its “steroid era” – 15 years when baseball was rife with performance-enhancing drugs.