Bonds Indicted on Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Charges

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The San Francisco Giants no longer want home run king Barry Bonds, but the Feds do.

Baseball's greatest homerun hitter is under indictment on charges he lied when he said under oath that he did not use steroids or other performance enhancing drugs.

Just three months after celebrating a career high, smashing baseball's overall homerun record.

"This record is not tainted at all," Bonds said.

Now comes this career low, an indictment on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

The grand jury says evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds.

The indictment accuses Bonds of making false declarations.

"The man who has hit more homeruns than anyone else in the history of the sport is potentially a cheater, a liar, and may be thrown in jail," stated Christine Brennan, columnist for USA Today.

Bonds has long maintained his personal trainer supplied him with substances that he thought were arthritis balm and flaxseed oil.

That trainer, Greg Anderson, was released Nov. 15 after spending months in jail for refusing to testify against his longtime friend.

Bonds' indictment caught his attorneys off guard.

"Now, the public is going to get the whole truth, not just selectively leaked fabrications," explained Mike Rains, Bonds' attorney.

It's also a surprise to Victor Conte, the man whose company, BALCO, is at the center of the government's steroid probe.

"I just don't think they have the evidence that meets beyond a reasonable doubt standard," said Victor Conte, BALCO founder.

If convicted, Bonds could spend 30 years in prison, but the sentence would likely be much less.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he's taking the indictment very seriously.

The head of the baseball players' union says he's saddened at the indictment of Barry Bonds on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the steroid scandal.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for Bonds' personal trainer says the charges are "out of left field."

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