Ex-aide: I saw trainer in­ject Bonds

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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.

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