SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- One of the greatest hitters in baseball apparently told a U.S. grand jury that he used substances made by a lab embroiled in a doping scandal.
Barry Bonds, the San Francisco slugger who at age 40 has hit 703 home runs, told the grand jury last year that he used substances from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.
Lab officials are accused of distributing undetectable steroids to elite athletes in the form of a clear substance that was taken orally and a cream rubbed onto the body.
Confronted by prosecutors about his alleged years-long use of steroids, human growth hormone, Depo-Testosterone, undetectable steroids known as "the cream" and "the clear," insulin and Clomid, a drug used to enhance the effect of testosterone, Bonds denied knowingly using any of them.
He said he had received and used clear and cream substances from his personal strength trainer last year but was told they were legal, according to a transcript of his testimony reviewed by the newspaper.
Prosecutors' documents, many with Bonds' name on them, are dated from 2001. They include a lab test result that could reflect steroid use and what appeared to be schedules of drug use with billing information, prosecutors told jurors.