Barry Bonds is sentenced to house arrest for obstruction of justice.
An eight-year investigation into baseball legend Barry Bonds’ alleged steroid use has come to an end. The star athlete has been sentenced to 30 days of house arrest for delivering an evasive testimony to a grand jury during a 2003 steroid investigation according to the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to his home confinement, Bonds has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service, pay a $4,000 fine, and serve two years of probation.
Bonds was indicted for obstruction of justice in 2007, testifying that he never knowingly took any illegal steroids. In April, Bonds was convicted of the charge, a conviction he plans to appeal.
Suspicions about Bond’s steroid use arose in 2003 when Bond’s trainer, Greg Anderson, was charged with supplying anabolic steroids to athletes. This led to speculation that Bonds had used performance-enhancing drugs, which he denied, attributing his muscular physique and increased power to a strict regimen of bodybuilding, diet and legitimate supplements.
Even without prison time, the case has negatively impacted the seven-time National League MVP. His 762 career home runs and 73 homers in 2001 could be seen as tainted records, and his ticket to baseball’s Hall of Fame may be in jeopardy.
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