More bad news for Barry Bonds. If his anemic start to the 2006 baseball season with no home runs was not bad enough and the steroid cloud hanging overhead, now this. A federal grand jury is considering whether to indict San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds for perjury. The season is just getting better and better for Barry.
Bonds told the first grand jury in December 2003 that he was clean. The new panel has been hearing testimony for a month about whether the baseball superstar lied about his steroid use during the hearing, several sources said.
“This is extremely bad news for Barry Bonds,” said CNN senior legal analyst Jeff Toobin, “because a federal prosecutor doesn’t start looking into perjury unless he has a pretty good idea he’s going to find perjury at the end of the day.”
On December 4, 2003, Bonds and other athletes testified in the BALCO case and were offered immunity.
Bonds and his colleagues were offered immunity for their testimony. The deal was simple: Tell the truth, and you draw a walk; lie and go down for perjury.