Bonds responds to alleged racist remark

June 10, 2005 at 12:56 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 10 (UPI) -- An angry Barry Bonds lashed out Thursday at former major leaguer Ron Kittles for claiming Bonds once said he didn't sign "autographs for white people."

The comment was mentioned in Kittles' new book, "Tales from the White Sox Dugout."

According to the Giants' Web site, Kittles claims Bond said, "I don't sign autographs for white people," at an auction in 1993 to benefit young cancer patients. Kittles said he had he asked Bonds for his autograph.

"Who is Kittles? How long did he play? He played in our league?" Bonds asked. "So what did he say? Ha! Do you guys truly believe that? Do you guys truly believe it? I was married to a woman who was white, so let's get real."

Bonds is on the disabled list trying to rehab his surgically repaired right knee, which became infected. He hasn't played in 2005 and could miss the entire campaign.

With 703 career home runs, Bonds needs 53 more to become baseball's all-time leader.

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