The U.S. obtained a secret recording of home-run king Barry Bonds’s doctor from the slugger’s former business partner, who claims he told the physician about Bonds’s alleged steroid use, a prosecutor said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco on Monday that the business partner, Steve Hoskins, found the tape and that it has been provided to defense attorneys in Bonds’s perjury trial. The former Major League Baseball player is accused of lying to a grand jury about his steroid use.
Arthur Ting, a Hayward orthopedic surgeon who has treated Bonds since 1998, testified March 31 that Hoskins never told him that his patient was taking banned anabolic steroids. Hoskins testified that he spoke to Ting at least 50 times about performance-enhancing substances and said the doctor told him to tell Bonds to stop using them. Hoskins had said he thought he had made a recording of Ting that he couldn’t locate.
“It may require us to recall either Hoskins or Ting or both in order to nail down this issue so there is an accurate representation,” Parrella told Illston without the jury present.
The jury was excused for the day because a juror was sick.