Barry Bonds' family believes that he was betrayed and "doped" with steroids by his trainer, Greg Anderson, Rosie Bonds, Barry's aunt and a 1964 U.S. Olympic hurdler, said.
"The family does not believe he would knowingly take steroids; he would not jeopardize his family or his own future with the deadly effects of steroids," Rosie Bonds said Saturday from her Riverside home, adding the implication that Barry was knowingly a steroid user is "a lie and a tragedy."
Rosie Bonds said Barry's increased bulk and improved power statistics in recent seasons were due to a regimen of diet and strenuous exercise. The effect of his work, she said, has been tarnished by the revelation that he was "doped, like a horse."
The statements from Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony in the BALCO case should not discredit the accomplishments of the seven-time MVP or the credibility of his 703 career home runs, his aunt said.