Barry Bonds Appeals Two Year Probation Sentence

December 23, 2011

abortion helvetica,sans-serif;”>Former Major League Baseball slugger Barry Bonds will appeal his conviction and sentence of two years’ probation for obstructing a grand jury’s doping investigation by of steroid use in professional sports.

A seven-time Most Valuable Player who set the single-season and career home run records during his 22-year career, Bonds, 47, was found guilty of obstruction in April for what prosecutors called his evasive response in 2003. When asked whether his trainer Greg Anderson ever injected him with a syringe, instead of answering the question, Bonds spoke about being a “celebrity child” who preferred not “get into other people’s business.”

Despite prosecutors demanding a 15month jail sentence, the former San Francisco Giants outfielder was sentenced to two years probation, one month under house arrest, a $4,000 fine and 250 hours of community service by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.

The fact that other athletes previously convicted of the same offence as Bonds only received probation, such as cyclist Tammy Thomas and former professional football player Dana Strubblefield, ensured that Bonds would also face no jail time.