Ex-aide: I saw trainer inject Bonds
SAN FRANCISCO — A former personal shopper for Barry Bonds testified on Thursday that she saw US baseball’s home-run king receive an injection from his personal trainer in 2002.
Kathy Hoskins, a childhood friend of Bonds, told the jury in the slugger’s perjury trial that the trainer, Greg Anderson, gave Bonds a shot in his navel as she packed clothes for a road trip during the baseball season.
Bonds is accused of lying to a 2003 grand jury investigating steroids. In that testimony, he acknowledged using substances he believed were flaxseed oil and arthritis balm but denied knowingly using banned drugs or letting Anderson inject him.
But Hoskins insisted she had seen the injection. Anderson was hesitant to give Bonds the injection in front her, but Bonds reassured him, saying “That’s my girl, she ain’t going to say nothing to nobody”, according to Hoskins.
After the shot, “Barry said, ‘You know, that’s a little something something for when I go on the road, you can’t catch it, you can’t detect it’,” Hoskins told the jury of eight women and four men.
She also frequently observed Anderson and Bonds go into an office together in Bonds’ home, then emerge one or two minutes later, she said.
Hoskins never went to government investigators with her observations, she said, but was pulled into the federal steroid probe by her brother, Steve Hoskins, an ex-business manager for Bonds who had a falling out with the San Francisco Giants star.
“I knew that Stevie had went and talked to the government and said ‘subpoena my sister’.
“‘My sister saw Greg (Anderson),’” she told jurors. “He threw me under the bus, and that’s why I’m here.”
Asked later how she felt about testifying, Hoskins began to cry.
“I feel like I was put in the middle of it,” she said.
Bonds’ former orthopedic surgeon also testified on Thursday, saying he gave literature on the side effects of steroids to Steve Hoskins but never had any conversations about Bonds’ alleged drug use.
Dr Arthur Ting’s account clashes with testimony from Steve Hoskins, who told jurors last week that he had “probably 50” conversations with Ting about Bonds and steroids.
Ting repeatedly replied “No” or “I don’t recall” when asked about Steve Hoskins’ assertions that the two discussed Bonds using steroids.
“Did I have any conversations with Stevie about steroids?” he said at one point. “With confidence, I can say I didn’t discuss that.”
Ting’s testimony severely undercut testimony from a key government witness.
Under cross-examination by defense attorney Cris Arguedas, Ting also raised doubts about whether the side effects Bonds allegedly experienced — acne, bloating, sexual dysfunction — were caused by anabolic steroids.