In a turn of events that can’t bode well for Barry Bonds, who is already being indicted on perjury charges by the federal government, it seems that in 2004 one of Bonds’ League mandated drug tests came out positive for traces of steroids.
Why is this so bad? Bonds swore, under oath, that he had never knowingly take steroids of any kind.
According to what the New York Times will publish in it’s paper tomorrow:
The test, which did not come up positive when administered and reviewed by labs assigned by MLB that year, tested positive for traces of steroids when the federal government analyzed it again, the Times reported. Those tests were seized from the lab in a raid by the feds in 2004.
Bonds was indicted on what eventually has turned out to be 10 counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, for allegedly lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in sworn testimony on Dec. 4, 2003.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from recent events, it’s that the federal government doesn’t take very kindly to be perjury. This news makes it seem even less likely that Bonds will somehow be able to avoid a healthy prison sentence of some sort.