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Lawyer: Feds trying to make example of Bonds

4/5/2004 - Barry Bonds

NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds' lawyer believes the federal
government is singling out the San Francisco Giants slugger in the
Bay Area steroids scandal.

Michael Rains told The New York Times that the federal
government appears intent on trying to set a perjury trap for
Bonds.

"I think they're trying to make an example out of him," Rains
was quoted as saying by The Times.

Efforts by The Associated Press to contact Rains at his office Sunday were unsuccessful.

Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was among four men
indicted last month on charges of illegally supplying
performance-enhancing drugs from the Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative. All four pleaded innocent.

Bonds has denied that he used steroids, an assertion his lawyer
made again to The Times.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that urine samples
given last season by seven major league baseball players for
testing were being sought by a federal grand jury examining the
BALCO case.

Previously, the paper reported, it was not known whether actual
samples, or the written results, remained from last season's tests.

That would allow investigators to determine whether the players
used THG, which was allegedly given to athletes by BALCO.

It was logical to assume that Bonds told the grand jury during
testimony last fall that he did not use steroids, Rains said. But
if a urine test showed that he had tested positive for THG or some
other steroid, Bonds could then become vulnerable to a charge of
perjury over his testimony to the grand jury.

THG was not detectable last baseball season, but a screening for
it has since been devised and could be applied to a retesting of
Bonds' sample.

"I've always said this is the 'Barry Bonds Show,' " Rains said
in a telephone interview. "I do think they're going after Barry."

The other players who testified before the grand jury were Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Benito Santiago, Armando
Rios and Bobby Estalella.