Bonds appears before grand jury

Updated: December 4, 2003, 11:04 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds became the highest-profile athlete to appear before a grand jury focusing on possible tax and drug violations by a California lab that supplied nutritional supplements to Bonds and other sports stars.

Report: $60,000 in cash found
at Anderson's home
More information about Barry Bonds' personal trainer has emerged in the probe that has involved a Bay Area nutrition company and numerous athletes. Authorities found a box containing about $60,000 in cash during a Sept. 5 raid of the home of Greg Anderson, sources told the San Jose Mercury News.

One source told the newspaper that Anderson was saving the money to buy a house.

Law enforcement officials, including the IRS, have targeted Anderson and BALCO president Victor Conte.

Agents also took steroids from Anderson's Burlingame condominium, along with detailed records of performance-enhancing drug use among athletes whom he trained, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported.

"The inventory of what they took was so generic, like documents, computer hard drive, canister of this, bottle of that, that we don't know what's in there," Anderson's attorney, Bill Rapoport, told the Mercury News. "Nothing we've been told so far indicates that anything has been analyzed and told to be any particular substance. If somebody came into your house and took two bottles of something from your medicine cabinet, it might look sinister when it really is calcium and vitamin C.''
The six-time National League MVP entered the grand jury room late Thursday morning accompanied by attorney Mike Rains and left the room nearly 5½ hours later, though it was unclear how long he testified.

"It went fine," Bonds said as he was led by two bodyguards and two federal marshals to a freight elevator that was held for him. He was taken directly to the garage of the federal courthouse, then driven away as a marshal stopped traffic.

Bonds' wife and mother sat in a nearby hallway during most of his appearance. At one point, Bonds stuck his head into the hallway and asked, "Is my mother here?"

Benito Santiago, a free agent who spent the past three seasons as Bonds' teammate with the San Francisco Giants, appeared before the grand jury later in the afternoon.

Bonds has attributed his muscular development over the years to intense weight training, proper diet and a regimen of nutritional supplements from companies such as the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, that is at the heart of the grand jury probe.

Bonds repeatedly has denied using steroids.

Thursday's appearance gave grand jurors the chance to ask the Giants slugger under oath whether his growth has been entirely natural.

Other athletes that already have appeared before the grand jury include track star Marion Jones and her boyfriend, 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery, four Oakland Raiders and Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken.

An appearance before the grand jury, or being subpoenaed to testify, does not mean an athlete is a target of the probe.

Two people have been named so far as targets of the grand jury -- BALCO founder Victor Conte, and Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer.

Bonds, 39, became a BALCO client just before his record-setting 2001 season, in which he hit 73 homers, and has praised Conte for giving him a personalized nutritional program.

Anderson's home was raided by the Internal Revenue Service and a drug task force Sept. 5, two days after a similar raid at BALCO.

Anderson's attorney, Bill Rapoport, said computer files and other things "that were not paper" were among items taken in the raid. But Rapoport said he does not know specifically what was taken and said Anderson's only connection to BALCO was when he purchased vitamins from Conte to give to athletes he trained.

Bonds posed with Conte and Anderson for this past June's issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine and heaped praise on both.

"I visit BALCO every three to six months. They check my blood to make sure my levels are where they should be. Maybe I need to eat more broccoli than I normally do. Maybe my zinc and magnesium intakes need to increase," Bonds told the magazine.

"Victor will call me to make sure I'm taking my supplements, and my trainer Greg will sit near my locker and stare at me if I don't begin working out right away. I have these guys pushing me."

Bonds brought Anderson, a childhood friend, on a major league tour of Japan after the 2002 season, when the trainer met players such as Jason Giambi -- who also has been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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