Since the BALCO Labs scandal broke almost 6 years ago millions of words have been written, and even more words spoken, about Barry Bonds and his relationship with this criminal enterprise. Now we can read for ourselves what all the fuss has been about.
There are so many ridiculous inconsistencies with regard to Bonds’ story it’s tough to pick the one “most ridiculous” statement. But there's so much great stuff here, and the info is so fresh, let's just dive in and take a look at what happened over 4 years ago.
From Bonds’ testimony, we get a glimpse of the kind of “knowledge” possessed by Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson. Bonds testified that he liked Anderson’s training philosophy and said, “Greg is more 16 sets of chest, more biceps, to really maximize and expand your muscle.” Great stuff.
This Greg Anderson really revolutionized strength training for elite athletes. Usually you’d have to go to your local bowling alley for this kind of knowledge. Seriously, anyone who thinks Bonds was hooked into Anderson because of his training knowledge might need to be told that Tony Bennett didn't really leave his heart in San Francisco, and that the phrase is a metaphor.
Later in his deposition Bonds says, “I started this whole training thing all year-round program. And I had to teach them (his training staff, not the Giants’ staff) a lot of things. You know Greg was into bodybuilding-type things. I had to teach him about baseball players to keep flexibility and stuff.” Huh?
From what Bonds says and from what we know about Anderson’s regimen as it appeared in the infamous Muscle and Fitness article, these two guys know as much about training for sport as do the natives of Papua New Guinea. There are several hundred members of university strength and conditioning staffs just in the state of California that could have saved Barry a lot of time, effort and trouble, and certainly would have been better hires than Anderson. It's just that these kids didn't have access to Victor Conte and his criminal enterprise of manufacturing and distributing illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
And then there are Bonds’ denials.
Bonds says he never was given steroids or human growth hormone by Anderson and was never injected with anything by Anderson.
Bonds claims not to know anything about any vitamins or supplements that he took. Doesn’t know anything about the pre-workout drink, something named “Proglycem.”
He says he knows nothing about what Anderson gave him, nothing about the cream he rubbed into his body, nothing about the sublingual drops that Anderson administered. Says he never had heard of flaxseed oil until Anderson told him that was what the drops were. Yet Bonds knew how to pronounce depotestosterone, knows it is an injectable steroid and knows that it is not illegal to possess if you have a doctor’s prescription.