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Witness says Bonds, trainer had syringe
SAN FRANCISCO — A key government witness in the Barry Bonds trial said he saw the former baseball superstar and his personal trainer emerge from Bonds’ spring training bedroom with a syringe in 2000.
Steve Hoskins testified that he assumed trainer Greg Anderson had injected the home run king with steroids that year, and the next two years, when he saw them disappear into that room. In 1999, Hoskins said Bonds, coming off elbow surgery, ordered him to research the benefits and side effects of a steroid.
The testimony Wednesday in federal court was the most explicit yet in the perjury and obstruction-of-justice case.
In hushed tones, Hoskins, a friend of Bonds’ from childhood and later a business partner, laid out his version of Bonds’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“(Bonds) told me (in 1999), ‘Find out about this Winstrol steroid and its effect on me,’ ” said Hoskins, now a salesman for a software company. “He instructed me to go talk to (sports physician) Dr. Arthur Ting.” Hoskins consulted Ting and shared a document with Bonds in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse.
At Bonds’ Arizona residence in 2000, Bonds complained “his butt was sore from the injections,” said Hoskins, who said he saw Anderson holding a needle, not shots being administered.
But in cross-examination, Bonds’ attorney, Allen Ruby, challenged Hoskins’ motivation for secretly taping a conversation with Anderson and hammered away at Hoskins’ business relationship with Bonds.
Ruby claimed, as he did in his opening statement Tuesday, that charges of theft and forgery against Hoskins were dropped when he agreed to testify for the government against Bonds.
Hoskins’ relationship with Bonds ended in 2003 over Bonds’ accusations — reiterated in court by Ruby — that Hoskins stole from him and did not devote enough time to their business.