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. Big G

    Thirty days of house arrest. Prisoners typically get bologna sandwiches or other delicacies. Lobster & steak for this moron. Oh, and some juice to wash it down. Way to go, Judge!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bumcheek7

      Will Mark McGuire be allowed to visit?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Didn't Martha Stewart go to a Federal facility for 18 months over less? Wow, way to go, Fed in San Fran. That'll teach him not to lie to Congress. What a joke!

      December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

    These were attempts to Lynch another Black Man by corrupt legal system …….. Period!
    Imbecilic GWB and his cronies LIED to America, and where are they NOW?
    Pres. Clinton LIED about sticking a Cuban Cigar in someone's pipe drain and where's he NOW?
    Mr. Bond should have been set FREE.
    Shame on all those who are jealous of his Batting Record. Eat your Evil hearts out.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Be careful where you point your finger my friend. Martha Stewart was in the same situation as Bonds and she too got house arrest. Bernie Madoff will probably die in prison. There are many more.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Wow, you drank the kool-aid and went back for seconds. Probably soaked a tampax in it too, moron.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Wrong, Stan. Martha went AWAY. She was full-on incarcerated.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLONG

      I'M ABOUT AS NAIVE AS A 5 YEAR OLD. I HAD TO READ THIS COMMENT SEVERAL TIMES, BEFORE I GOT THE JOKE ABOUT THE CUBAN CIGAR IN SOMEONE'S PIPE DRAIN. I WAS GOING TO DISAGREE, BUT THAT ONE LINER CHANGED MY MIND: VERY, VERY, VERY, FUNNY. A CLASSIC. QUITE CLEVER! SO, BY ALL MEANS, I AGREE.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcwr77

      Woops!!! You forgot to mention that OJ was innocent. But wait, where is he???

      December 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No Justice

    ???????????????

    December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      Can't scratch a note?
      Come on spill it.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike K

    What a complete waste of our tax dollars, such a non issue. the world has such bigger problems. How many people could they have fed.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CJ Topspin

    How much did this trial cost? How much did it cost the taxpayer to put this guy on trial for this long...to get a house arrest verdict?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mfx3

    Remove his name from MLB records. Do it.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      right on

      December 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tima Kooko

    Total BS. He should have gotten 2 years in jail and a 1 million fine

    December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    "Bonds sentenced to 30 days of house arrest; appeal pending"

    Unreported: Judge gets undisclosed amount of cash, confirmation of funds pending.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      And, in related news, Balco has purchased the FDA. Andro will now be on the public school menus nationwide.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Typinator

    A $4000. fine?? Oh ouch! That oughta teach him! Where did they get this judge? Barry (I just have big bones) Bonds may have to dig for loose change in his Mercedes to pay that one.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Lebowski

    "30 days of house arrest for an obstruction of justice conviction"-

    You think one of us would get 30 days house arrest for that? Hmmmm

    December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Duuuuuuuuuude!

      December 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darth Cheney

    Guy probably earned an EXTRA $50M on the margin because of PEDs. He should shut up and sit at home for 30 days counting his money instead of appealing. He has no honor.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott Grayban

    Appeal what ?? 30 days of house arrest is nothing especially when you live in a mansion. Bonds is a baby if he can't do that.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zsmith

    I think he did not deserve this. He lied. So did many others who were on steroids. His career is ruined. Isn't that enough. Let him get on with his lie.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus C.

      He can get on with his "lie" after 30 days.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      His career wasn't ruined, he was league MVP multiple times, played for over a decade, made several hundred million off salary and endorsements, set the most important record in pro sports, then "retired" when he was actually going to face consequences from the league. He wasn't sentenced for taking steroids, he was sentenced for LYING TO CONGRESS. Don't be a sucker. Bonds is a loser.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jesus C.

    Why did the justice system come down so hard on the BOND. Duh. He's in California so he'll only have to serve 3.5 hours due to house arrest overcrowding.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. No Justice

    This f-u-c-k-i-n-g-a-s-s-h-o-l-e- has ruined an American Game for life...BOYCOTT THE GAMES

    December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      "BOYCOTT THE GAMES". What Games?
      You sound like Texas Shoe wax.
      "BOYCOTT THE GAMES" my Toothless Trailer Park ASS! Move on and get a life.
      Cry baby Texas Shoe wax. Grown up, for you are a disgrace to your mama.
      Whew, another Texas shoe wax to deal with on a Friday.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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