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Wednesday 18, Jul 2012

  Barry Bonds And Steroids Use

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Barry Bonds has been regarded by many as one of the greatest sports icons. Though he bettered the record of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League baseball record of 755 on August 7th, 2007 with ease, went on to become a legend, and will be spoken of for years to come, his link-ups to anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs have actually damaged the reputation of baseball like never before.

 The American former Major League Baseball outfielder was born on July 24, 1964 and played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, Barry Lamar Bonds debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Barry, a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner, made his last MLB appearance on September 26, 2007 for the San Francisco Giants.

Barry Bonds holds many Major League Baseball records that include the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 in the year 2001. He is the only player to hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514) and one of the four all-time players (besides José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano) to be in the 40-40 club, which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season (1996). In the year 2002, he became the oldest player at 38 years to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time. He has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence and earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco Giants in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004.

Bonds was first associated with steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because of the BALCO scandal where he was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury while testifying in the BALCO affair. Court documents suggested that Barry Bonds took anabolics and it was further revealed that three types of performance enhancing substances were used by the baseball slugger. During a trial, trainer of Bonds since 2000, Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) was accused of supplying steroids to a number of baseball players and it was contended in the leaked grand-jury testimony of Bonds that he used “the cream” and “the clear”. Bonds later said he used what he thought was a cream for easing muscle aches and flaxseed oil. According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, the baseball slugger tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid Methenolone and also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A letter from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to Bonds also informed him about a positive test and suggested that he would be subjected to six more tests over a period of one year.

 In the book Game of Shadows, written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada in March 2006, it was alleged that Barry Bonds made use of Stanozolol (Winstrol) and many other steroids. The authors said Bonds was making use of two designer steroids called the “cream” and the “clear” along with insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate, and trenbolone.  The cream is believed to be a testosterone-based substance reportedly given to Bonds by Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO) while the clear is believed to be Norbolethone or THG that was used by many of the top Olympic sprinters like former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

Kimberly Bell, who says she dated Bonds for nine years, told the jury in the perjury trial of Bonds that Barry blamed a career-threatening elbow injury in 1999 on his steroid use. Kimberly said Bonds became increasingly angry and controlling and even underwent “changes sexually and in his testicles.”

 

All said and done, the contributions of Barry Bonds to baseball cannot be nullified unless the law of the land finds him guilty and till that time, it is best to stop accusing him any more. With 2,558 career walks and 688 career intentional walks and many more records at his side, his accomplishments are here to stay till charges are found correct.

Monday 11, Jun 2012

  Juan Marquez defends training with Angel Hernandez

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The World lightweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez, has defended his stand his new strength and conditioning coach, Angel Hernandez, after reports revealing shady past of Hernandez came out.

Hernandez admitted to a San Francisco court in May 2008 that he had supplied Olympians, including Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Marquez said he has no knowledge of his new nutritionist’s dealings with anabolic steroids.

“If they want to do whatever doping or drug testing they want to do, Olympic-style, or whatever they want to do, I’ll do it. I’m prepared,” Marquez said.

Thursday 15, Dec 2011

  Mexican fighter to fight doping claims

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On Wednesday, Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez defended himself as doping clouds arose after his strength coach was revealed to be among those involved in a major doping scandal that stung US athletics.

“Whatever doping they want to do – blood, Olympian – whatever they want to do, I’ll do it, as long as he does it too,” Marquez said through a translator.

“It’s a shame all the work I’ve done has been trashed by these guys, Conte and Ariza,” Marquez said.

Saturday 26, Nov 2011

  Marquez defends training with ex-steroid dealer

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The World lightweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez, is defending his new strength and conditioning coach, Angel Hernandez, after reports came out revealing Hernandez’ shady past.

Hernandez was known as Angel Heredia and supplied performance enhancing drugs to Olympians, including Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.

“If they want to do whatever doping or drug testing they want to do, Olympic-style, or whatever they want to do, I’ll do it. I’m prepared,” Marquez said.

Wednesday 06, Apr 2011

  Olympic gold medalist falls to disgrace

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Olympic gold medalist falls to disgraceAntonio Pettigrew, a gold medalist in Olympic 4x400m relay, has entered into the disgrace zone by admitting that he took performance enhancing drugs.

Pettigrew is presently working in the capacity of an assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina. He never tested positive during his career in which he conquered World Championship gold over 400m in 1991 and world relay gold in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

Heredia recalled an incident during prosecution testimony in which Graham asked him to send by overnight mail a cocktail of EPO, human growth hormone, and insulin for the disgraced Marion Jones.

Friday 11, Mar 2011

  Pettigrew admits to performance enhancing drugs

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Pettigrew admits to performance enhancing drugsOlympic 4x400m relay gold medalist, Antonio Pettigrew, recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.

Pettigrew is presently an assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina. He never tested positive during a track career that also earned him World Championship gold over 400m in 1991 and world relay gold in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

During three hours of testimony for the prosecution, Heredia recalled one instance when Graham asked him to send by overnight mail a cocktail of EPO, human growth hormone, and insulin for Marion Jones.

Monday 14, Feb 2011

  Tim Montgomery suspected of using cocktail of banned drugs

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Tim Montgomery suspected of using cocktail of banned drugsThe world 100 meters record holder, Tim Montgomery, may have used a cocktail of banned drugs, including human growth hormones and the blood-boosting agent EPO, as per allegations by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The allegations were made in a nine-page letter sent to Montgomery setting out allegations that he was involved in doping as long ago as 2000, two years before he set the record.

The lawyer of Montgomery has claimed that her client is innocent and the victim of a witch-hunt after a “bitter” falling-out with Conte.

Tuesday 08, Feb 2011

  Chambers to lose earnings from drug years

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Chambers to lose earnings from drug yearsOnce the biggest sportsman of Britain, Dwain Chambers is now running for nothing when he will make a return to competition after serving a two-year ban for using anabolic steroids.

Chambers was retrospectively disqualified from races in 2002 and 2003 and was asked by the International Association of Athletics Federations to return the $350,000 he won in that period.

Chambers admitted that he took drugs for 18 months before he tested positive in 2003.

Monday 31, Jan 2011

  Duane Ross banned by USADA

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Duane Ross banned by USADAHurdler Duane Ross has been banned for a period of two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after evidence of drug use was uncovered.

The results of Ross since November 2, 2001 will be scratched from the records after new information emerged from the ongoing investigation into the BALCO scandal.

The ban means that Ross will keep his 1999 World Championship bronze medal, won in a personal best of 13.12 seconds in Seville.

Wednesday 01, Dec 2010

  Trevor Graham guilty of lying to agents

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Trevor Graham guilty of lying to agentsThe controversial US-based coach, Trevor Graham, was recently found on one of three charges of lying to federal investigators about his association with a steroids dealer. Graham could face a retrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the other two counts.

Graham, who guided the careers of the sprinters Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, had been charged over false claims about his relationship with Angel Heredia who admitted supplying performance enhancing drugs.

William Keane, the court-appointed attorney of Graham, said he would probably file a motion for an acquittal on the one charge that was found proved.

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