December 16th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Bonds sentenced to 30 days of house arrest; appeal pending

[Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET] Baseball legend Barry Bonds was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest for an obstruction of justice conviction in connection with his 2003 testimony to a federal grand jury investigating pro athletes' illegal steroids use.

But the sentence, which also includes two years of probation and a $4,000 fine, will be put on hold pending an appeal.

The sentencing came in a San Francisco federal courtroom near the ballpark where he broke Hank Aaron's major league home run record in 2007. Federal prosecutors had wanted Bonds, 47, to serve 15 months in prison, according to a sentencing memo filed in court earlier this month.

Jurors who found Bonds guilty in April said he was evasive in his December 2003 testimony, which was part of the BALCO investigation that targeted employees of a California drug testing laboratory and Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson.

The testimony that led to Bonds' conviction came when a grand jury prosecutor asked him whether Anderson ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with."

Bonds told the grand jury that only his personal doctors "ever touch me," and he then veered off the subject to say he never talked baseball with Anderson. In closing arguments two weeks ago, a federal prosecutor said Bonds lied to the grand jury because he knew the truth about his steroids use would "tinge his accomplishments" and hurt his baseball career. Defense lawyers had argued that Bond' thought the creams and ointments Anderson was giving him were made of flaxseed oils.

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  1. Frog Prince

    Fined $4000, and the taxpayers had to shell out millions for the stupid trial.............

    December 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      Yeb, the brother STOOD his grounds and REFUSED to be lynched by corrupt so-called legal system and the media.
      Shame on the White Media.
      Bravo! One for the Brothers!

      December 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pointless1

    Freaking joke I tell ya.... All that tax payer money wasted for what? Like we had to find out he was a ball-less loser who wouldn't have had the records he had without the juice...

    December 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      What "Juice" Faux News retard?
      Shut your month. You just impotent and jealous.
      Hehehehehehehe! Stick your impotent shaft in Alaskan beach sand. It will make you feel better.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobdiz

    He should not evan got that . This was a waste of money and time One big joke.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JJ

    What a joke. Go ahead, do drugs, break records, make a lot of money, get probation, keep it all. And then people wonder why no one has any respect for "professional" sports players.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      Who's that "NO ONE" you refer to?
      Stop your Faux News silliness for retards and move on.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DD

    Not surprising...sure wanted him to serve time but knew better. Maybe we can all get lucky now and have him go away...like never another word about this cheater (yes, I know, there are many, so don't go down that path)

    December 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. downtown100

    What a shame, should have put his black a ss away foe five yrs

    December 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      You're trying toooooo hard to be such an idiot.
      You think and act like some crazy 2-yr. old. who's still breast feeding and teething. Get a life! Will ya?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg, Ontario

    Does anyone really think $4k or probation means anything to a guy like Bonds? Get real, we all know he was using PEDs and his career is tainted because of it. I just hope we don't get the usual "Oh it's because he's black." BS that usually pops up in the media after decisions like this.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kindasorta

    Who says a Black man can't get "justice" in this country? Stick around. This guy'll get canned for something, right OJ?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kindasorta

    I understand Barry is going to South America to have his steroid filled cranium shrunk.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    What a waste of taxpayer money. But we should be used to that I guess.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

    What an incredibly stupid sentence!

    He should have went to jail for around 40 years...

    December 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SunnyinSocal

      So if you used pot at home to relax / recover from your stressful job, and the rumor mill at work made its way to your boss who has a no tolerance policy. To keep your job, you lie about taking any drugs and you try to persuade the boss that you've only taken sleeping pills. Would you really blame Barry Bonds or any other athlete for, in effect, doing the same thing?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      @Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI. did you even attend 1st Grade school for normal people like the rest of us?
      Whew, you really lack basic academic intellect and primitively backward of the law.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kareem Cheez

    Am I the only one here that finds it disgustng that this slug only received a fraction of the derision in the media that Tim Tebow has received?? God Bless America...

    December 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      I don't know anyone who'd say, "God Bless Barry Bonds." Do you?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kindasorta

    This BUM didn't break Hank Aaron's record. That stands, untarnished by anything Bonds did illegally.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jeremy

    His records should be erased from baseball history. Any real baseball fan knows he was a juicer. why else would he avoid questioning about it so much..?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kindasorta

    Bonds is hawking a line of wife beater tee shirts called Roid Rage.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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