Barry Bonds, the former San Francisco Giants outfielder and baseball’s all-time home-run leader, was convicted yesterday of obstruction of justice for giving evasive answers to a federal grand jury that questioned him about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, reports California Watch in the San Francisco Chronicle. The jury deadlocked on three perjury charges. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on those counts.
The lone conviction came on a count charging Bonds with intentionally giving evasive, false, or misleading testimony. In response to a question about whether his trainer gave him injectable drugs, Bonds gave a rambling answer, saying he was a “celebrity child, not just in baseball, by my own instincts.” The answer was obstruction of justice, the jury ruled, a deliberate attempt to interfere with the grand jury’s probe. Bonds, 46, could be sentenced to two years in prison under federal guidelines, although some legal experts say he is likely to receive no more than house arrest.