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. BillDog

    Well, this udeniable witch hunt is thankfully over.

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


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

    Why was there no prosecution of the people that leaked the grand jury testimony? Why not prosecute McGwire? He is the one that brought all the home runs to the forefront. All of us knew that they were using steroids. We just chose to ignore it, and enjoy the benefits. Same way the wife of a mobster chooses to ignore all the signs. I enjoyed it when they were hitting all the home runs, and I still enjoy the game of baseball. But I will not be a hypocrite and say that they are the worst humans on earth. No way. Bonds wouldve gotten into the HOF without the home run record, and without steroids. Did he cheat? Hell yeah. Do I hate him for it? Nope. Owners didnt hate the fact that all the home run hitters put tons of money in their pockets after the strike did they? Dont be ridiculous!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Calvin

    Don't like Bonds, but let's jail dangerous criminals. Bonds is not.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R. Hopkins

    He'll spend 10x time appealing than just biting the bullet and staying in his lavish mansion for 30 days. Did he rub "the clear" on his head?

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

      If he is innocent then why should he accept his punishment? If I was in his shoes I would do the same thing.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steeve-o

    Oh jeez, what a heavy handed punishment.

    They should've made it house arrest... at somebody else's house. In the projects. Maybe a trailer even. And a token screaming baby and fighting neighbors.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amir Bather

    This was a waste of taxpayer money regardless of the verdict. Steroids in sports needs to be regulated by the respective Leagues/Organizations not the Government. Such an unworthy splurge of taxpayer money during a recession.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    Another waste of taxpayers money....for what? A slap on the wrist for LYING UNDER OATH...that is called perjury and I guess buy this "sentence" perjury isn't even considered a crime anymore. The baseball "legend" cheated to get into the record books, lied to a Grand Jury, and he gets to spend 30 days in his mansion...amazing.
    Major League Baseball needs to drop the hammer on these cheating steroid using jerks and wipe their "records" off the books. It's completely unacceptable that this clown has his name above Henry Aaron. Henry set the record with integrity and hard work...not by using illegal enhancing drugs....

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

    Mike K
    You hit the nail on the head. This is beyond stupid, but is apparently one of the only things they are "capable" of doing.
    They should all be cashiered for being irrelavent.

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

    This is like grounding your son to his room for poising the neighbors dog.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eugene


    December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. F1

    Another cheating lying pro athlete , maybe thats why i didnt make a pro cycling team becsuse i did not cheat! But i still have my self respect and esteem, why cant they all just use B12 for god sakes its illegal not dangerous and can not mask other drugs. Why cant pro athletes just understand that it is not worth it,,,, play it straight and live with no guilt plane and simple!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TLR

    It was quite pathetic to see Girardi & Keese's Thomas Girardi allowing Barry Bonds to make cynical use of his client Brian Stow.

    See @

    December 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ethanm

    Wow.... four years of on and off perjury trials for thirty days of house arrest? What a waste of government money to prosecute this bum, he is a dirty steroid user who will always be known as the *asterisk* in the record books.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brandon

    What's the big deal with professional athletes using steriodes? Ever since the beggining of pro sports athletes have been using narcotics to get an edge over other players. If the media and government stayed out of this there would probably be a lot more baseball fans. So thanks to the media and Government for help destroying baseball.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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