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Thursday, December 2, 2004
Barry Bonds Chronology

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Dec. 3, 2004: The San Francisco Chronicle reports Barry Bonds used a clear substance and a cream given to him by his personal trainer Greg Anderson during the 2003 baseball season, but denied he knew they were steroids during his testimony to a federal grand jury in December, 2003.

The newspaper also reports that during testimony:

  • Bonds said he never paid Anderson for drugs or supplements but acknowledged paying him $15,000 for weight training;

  • Bonds asked Anderson to have him tested for steroids because he "lacked trust" with MLB, which started testing players for steroids during the season. Bonds was told by Anderson he was negative;

  • Bonds said Anderson brought products into the Giants' clubhouse at Pac Bell park "once a homestand," where he used them;

  • Bonds said he gave Anderson a $20,000 bonus and bought him a ring after the 73 home run season. He also bought the trainer a ring to commemorate the Giants 2002 World Series appearance.

    The newspaper's report also says that prosecutors queried Bonds in front of the grand jury about calendars -- seized in a raid on Anderson's home -- that contained his name and notes about performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds replied, "I've never had a calendar with him, never had anything." Bonds could also not explain a calendar with the name "Barry" on it, nor a note indicating an invoice of $450 for blood tests.

    Nov. 2, 2004: Reports emerge that Anderson told federal investigators last year that he had supplied steroids to several members of the San Francisco Giants, but he insisted that Bonds was not one of them

    Oct. 29, 2004: In documents disclosed by the government, James Valente, vice president of BALCO, told federal investigators last year Bonds tried the company's new performance-enhancing drugs but didn't like how one of them made him feel.

    Oct. 16, 2004: Reports surface that Anderson, in a conversation that was secretly recorded last year, said that Bonds was using an "undetectable" performance-enhancing drug during the 2003 baseball season.

    Sept. 24, 2004:Bonds is randomly tested for steroids before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    July 17, 2004: Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees questions why some stars, such as Roger Clemens, who are known for their hard workout routines are not suspected of using illegal steroids, while he and Barry Bonds fall under suspicion.

    July 12, 2004: Urine samples from last year's MLB drug tests that might include those from Bonds and others in the BALCO case are being stored at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory while the U.S. Attorney's office decides what to do with them.

    June 25, 2004: Bonds angrily denies Tim Montgomery's leaked testimony that Victor Conte gave Bonds the steroid Winstrol, and threatens to sue Montgomery. Conte's attorney also denies Montgomery's story.

    June 24, 2004: Portions of Montgomery's grand jury testimony appear in a San Francisco Chronicle article. Montgomery admits to taking THG and also testified that Conte told him of giving steroids to Bonds.

    May 4, 2004: Before a game at Shea Stadium, Bonds talks with reporters for 45 minutes, again denying that he used steroids. "It [the steroid scandal] doesn't faze me at all," he said. "My records aren't going anywhere. I'll be fine, trust me." As for Anderson, his trainer, he said: "He'll always be a friend of mine. Always. We grew up together."

    April 30, 2004: Prosecutors say that lawyers for Anderson will get a chance to re-test suspected steroids taken from his apartment and car in a raid the previous fall.

    April 25, 2004: Conte's lawyers acknowledge a government memorandum that says Conte provided steroids to a number of high-profile athletes, but deny that Conte actually admitted to providing steroids to the athletes and specifically that Conte named the athletes. The 27 athletes -- five baseball players, seven football players and 15 track athletes -- allegedly named include Bonds, Jason Giambi, Sheffield, Marion Jones, Montgomery, Kelli White and Chryste Gaines.

    April 8, 2004: Bud Selig meets with Bonds in private before Giants-Padres game in San Diego.

    March 4, 2004: Bonds plays his first spring training game, gets more boos than cheers.

    March 2, 2004: San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bonds, Giambi, Sheffield, Marvin Benard, Benito Santiago, Randy Velarde and former NFL player Bill Romanowski received steroids from BALCO.

    Feb. 27, 2004: Two lawyers for Anderson say that Bonds was offered steroids but never took them.

    Feb. 25, 2004: Turk Wendell says in the Denver Post it's obvious Bonds is on steroids.

    Feb. 23, 2004: Bonds denies steroid use, saying "They can test me every day if they choose to."

    Feb. 17, 2004: Anderson tells federal agents that he gave steroids to several baseball players.

    Sept. 5, 2003: Investigators search the home of Anderson, seizing documents they said showed Bonds was using banned drugs (reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2004).

    Sept. 3, 2003: Investigators, including Internal Revenue Service agents, raid BALCO Laboratories in Burlingame, Calif., and take financial and medical records.

    Summer of 2003: According to grand jury testimony disclosed by the San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2004, Bonds begins using the cream and clear substance at this time, when he was aching with arthritis and distraught over the terminal illness of his father, who died Aug. 23, 2003.

    2000 or 2001: Bonds said Anderson persuaded him to undergo blood and urine testing at BALCO as part of a program touted by Conte to market his legal nutritional supplement. Bonds revealed this during his testimony in front of the federal grand jury Dec. 4, 2003 and it was disclosed in a San Francisco Chronicle article Dec. 3, 2004.

    1998: During his testimony in front of the federal grand jury in Dec. 2003, and revealed in a San Francisco Chronicle article Dec. 3, 2004, Bonds testifies that he and Anderson, boyhood friends, reconnected in 1998, when Anderson was working as a personal trainer in the Bay Area. Shortly after, Bonds hired Anderson to replace Raymond Farris, who at the time was supervising his workouts.