August 28, 2006

Barry Bonds’ trainer sent back to prison

By Adam Tanner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Barry Bonds' personal trainer
went back to prison on Monday, this time for refusing to
testify to a federal grand jury about whether he gave steroids
to the San Francisco Giants slugger.

"There is a wealth of information in the public domain
saying that your client injected steroids into Barry Bonds,"
U.S. Judge William Alsup told Greg Anderson's attorney in a
testy exchange. "This is a question that half of America that
follows this kind of thing is asking.

"There has been contempt for the court. These questions
should have been answered."

Anderson, a boyhood friend of Bonds, has already served
three months in prison on steroid distribution charges. Last
month he was imprisoned for 15 days when he refused to testify
before a previous grand jury whose term has since expired.

Prosecutors now seek his testimony in a probe into whether
Bonds lied to the grand jury investigating San Francisco area
BALCO labs when the slugger said he had never knowingly used

Bonds, second only to Hank Aaron on Major League Baseball's
home run list, has won a record seven Most Valuable Player
awards and holds the single-season home run record. But the
42-year-old outfielder has been dogged by questions about
whether doping boosted his greatest seasons.

The government says it is considering obstruction of
justice and perjury charges against athletes who testified
before the BALCO grand jury. The head of BALCO was also
convicted following that investigation that has tarred top
names in baseball, football and track and field.

This time Anderson could spend considerably more time in
prison than 15 days if the grand jury serves a full 18-month

"Maybe in 16 months he'll change his mind," the judge said,
saying the purpose of jailing Anderson was to encourage his
testimony. "Sometimes sitting in custody for that length of
time will have a therapeutic effect and change his mind."

At the conclusion of the hearing, two U.S. marshals
approached the bodybuilder and took him into custody. Anderson
emptied his suit pockets, took a drink of water and went back
to prison.

The judge cited questions that Anderson refused to answer
before the grand jury behind closed doors this month, including
whether he knows Bonds and New York Yankees baseball player
Gary Sheffield, and whether he had given or injected Bonds with
performance-enhancing substances.

"All of these are relevant questions," Alsup said.