Home-run king Barry Bonds’s former personal shopper testified that she saw the baseball player’s trainer give him an injection in his navel in 2002.
Kathy Hoskins, who has known Bonds since their childhood growing up in Northern California, said Bonds and the trainer, Greg Anderson, were in the former San Francisco Giants outfielder’s bedroom when Bonds said, “Let’s do it right here” and lifted his shirt up. She said she was in the room packing Bonds’s bags for a trip.
“So Greg shot him in the belly button” with a syringe, said Hoskins, who was called as a witness today by federal prosecutors at Bonds’s federal perjury trial in San Francisco.
Hoskins testified that Bonds said it was “a little something” and couldn’t be detected. When Anderson expressed surprise that Bonds said to proceed after they came into the room where Hoskins was, Bonds said, “She’s my girl,” Hoskins testified. Hoskins said she didn’t know what was in the syringe.
“I didn’t know it was steroids,” she said under cross- examination by Cris Arguedas, an attorney for Bonds. “I didn’t know what it was.”
Bonds, 46, who holds Major League Baseball’s career and single-season home run records, is accused of lying when he told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids provided by Anderson and that no one other than his doctor gave him injections. Bonds, according to his lawyers, truthfully testified that he received performance-enhancing substances from Anderson, while not knowing what they were because they were new at the time.
Hoskins is the sister of Steve Hoskins, who was Bonds’s former partner in a sports memorabilia business. He told jurors on March 23 that Bonds took steroids in 2000 and complained to him about soreness from getting injections of performance- enhancing substances.
Kathy Hoskins said she stopped working for Bonds in 2003 and knew that Bonds and her brother had a falling out that same year and both men had spoken to federal agents. She wiped her eyes repeatedly with tissue as she testified that Bonds had broken ties with her brother and didn’t want him to see his father Bobby Bonds or attend the elder Bonds’s funeral.
Interview With FBI
She told Arguedas that she knew her brother suggested that the agents interview her about something she saw. She disagreed when Arguedas suggested she would “back up” her brother.
“I had nothing to do with it, he (her brother) threw me under the bus and that’s why I’m here,” said Hoskins, who wore a navy blue v-neck sweater, shirt and necktie and waist-length braids tied in the back.
“I didn’t go running around saying ‘where’s the FBI, I know something,’” she said, drawing laughter from the courtroom crowd. Bonds, sitting at the defense table, smiled as he looked down.
“I feel like I was put in the middle of it,” she said later, choking up. She knocked over a cup of water before leaving the witness stand and wept as she walked out of the courtroom.
Steve Hoskins also told jurors that he had talked to Bonds’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, at least 50 times about anabolic steroids and said he told the doctor that Bonds was using them. Hoskins testified that Ting told him to tell Bonds to stop.
Today, Ting testified that Hoskins didn’t tell him that the slugger was taking banned muscle-building substances. The Fremont, California, doctor, who has treated Bonds since 1998, said Hoskins spoke to him about anabolic steroids only once, when he asked for information about the relationship between steroids and tendon injuries. Hoskins had testified that he told Ting he was seeking the information about the steroid Deca for Bonds.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Nedrow asked Ting several times if he could remember talking to Hoskins about steroids other than the one time.
“I don’t recall any specific conversation with the specific topics,” said Ting. “I can say with confidence I didn’t discuss that.”
Nedrow asked whether it was possible he had other conversations with Hoskins.
“Possible,” said Ting.
The doctor told jurors that Bonds had been prescribed legal corticosteroids for controlling inflammation over the years. The doctor said the side effects of those anti- inflammatory treatments included acne, bloating, decreased sexual desire and mood swings, the same side effects that can be caused by anabolic steroids.
Arguedas claimed the prosecutors had withheld information from Ting favorable to Bonds and asked U.S. District Judge Illston for a hearing. Nedrow said there was no basis for the claim. Illston didn’t rule on Arguedas’s request.
Anderson has refused to testify as a witness and was jailed March 21 for contempt.
The trial resumes April 4.
The case is U.S. v. Bonds, 07-00732, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
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