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. Whome

    Fame and fortune wins out over justice once again.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The guy was found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury about personal use of steroids. He didn't mess with a kid, murder his mom, steal from the church!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jlyn

    STOP ALL THE HATING PEOPLE. IM SURE IF ANYONE OF YOU WOULD HAD DONE THE SAME THING BONDS DID. YOU ARE ALSO MAD THAT NO ONE COULD PROVE HIS STEROID USE. LETS BE REAL.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      I can't PROVE today is Friday. But we all know it is.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Regis990

      No, jlyn, I wouldn't have lied to a federal grand jury...and I certainly wouldn't have CHEATED if I had the opportunity to play baseball as my job. So, if you don't mind, I'll keep hating.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • La Banda Del Rojo

      Yeah man, the juice hit 762 HRs. They should put a * next to the number in statistics so we all know he cheated. Darn cheater, darn steroids...

      December 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Softail

    Adam...it was maybe three coments of 27 about race...not 1/2 of the comments...if you're going to point fingers get the figures correct...it makes no difference white, black, yellow, or green...if you break the rules you should do the time...no special favors because you're a "pro" player in any sport.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DARR

    How we sometimes judge individuals simply because they don’t conform to society’s norm! There was no need to prosecute Mr. Bonds. . Thanks to the judge who understood how to balance the table of justice.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      Giants fan.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kindasorta

    Now. does this disqualify Barry from running for President?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JJFF

    Shows you what money & fame can buy you, FREEDOM!!! Another sad display of wasting taxpayers money by the Feds...

    December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Is that what happened to Casey Anthony?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    This dainty slap-on-the-wrist will do nothing to punish him and nothing to discourage others.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    I Wish I could have just gotten probation for having drugs. That shows what money gets you. I had a clean record with no problems and had some pot driving through Oklahoma. They sent me to PRISON, not just jail, and gave me probation on top of it.

    I would have been fine if I had enough money though.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You deserved it! He was convicted of being evasive....idiot

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Portland tony

    There's a lot of bad things going on in America. One of them is not injecting yourself with Anabolic Steroids and then lying about it. Good God man, if you want to inject yourself with motor oil....That's your business. Not the frigging governments.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      When you are questioned in the grand jury, your testimony is expected to be truthful. That's what's known as maintaining the integrity of the system. Bonds was asked and he lied. But his "record" is a lie, as is his fidelity to his wives, as is...just about everything about this creep.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mudman

    The government spent how many tens of millions for this?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Was justified really done, or did another rich guy get away with wrong doing.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mindie from Indie

    the rich and famous get special treatment. Anyone else would be in prison for perjury.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whobear28

    now, what about that white guy, the 1 that was on the sidelines enjoying world series...atleast barry didn't invoke the 5th amendment. 15 times. and wasn't the poster child for all our kids with the creatine, I thought it was all about the kids !!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PorkNBeans

    All aspects of sport is corrupt, from the first swing a child makes at T-ball practice.
    When dollars are the driving force, the investors turn a blind eye.
    Similar to how the government operates.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Professor Trollworth

      I know. Those kids playing t-ball. You can see it in their eyes. All they want is money, fame, and more money. From the moment the t-ball hits the bat, it's all they can think about the rest of their lives.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Professor Trollworth

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! I was hoping he'd get the electric chair. After all, what he did was probably the worst thing anyone in America has ever done.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
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