Also on Tuesday, Bonds’ former trainer and childhood friend Greg Anderson was called to testify against Bonds and refused again.
“Clearly somebody who has already done over 18 months on the various times he’s gone in is not going to be affected by two weeks, so from a pure legal standpoint, I think it’s the theater of the absurd,” said Mark Geragos, Anderson’s lawyer.
Geragos says sending Anderson to prison goes beyond legal bounds designed to convince someone to testify and crosses over into punishment, which is not allowed in this situation. And he said Anderson is not refusing to testify to protect Bonds, but because feels prosecutors have lied to him.
“They didn’t play fair. He’s not going to play their game. It’s as simple as that,” said Geragos.
ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson thinks there might be another reason.
“If I were one of his defense attorneys, I would be pointing the finger at Greg Anderson saying, ‘This is the man who slipped the steroids to Barry Bonds. This is the man who ruined baseball.’ And Anderson doesn’t want to have that label placed on him,” said Johnson.