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Barry Bonds' former assistant testifies she saw his personal trainer inject him in stomach [Updated]

March 31, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Barry Bonds Barry Bonds' former assistant testified Thursday that she saw Bonds' personal trainer inject him in the stomach, contradicting what the former San Francisco Giants slugger told a grand jury.

During the eighth day of Bonds' federal trial, Kathy Hoskins, who has known Bonds since childhood and was his personal shopper, said she saw Greg Anderson, then Bonds' personal trainer, inject him with an unknown substance in the player's bedroom in 2002.

[Updated at 1:15 p.m.: Hoskins said Bonds hired her informally in 2001 to do his shopping when she playfully told him during a visit to his house that she could pick better clothes. Hoskins said she shopped for Bonds from 2001 until 2003 and also packed for him for road trips.

She testified that she saw Anderson at Bonds’ house during the times she packed for him. Bonds and Anderson often went into an office alone for a few minutes, she said.

On one occasion, though, Hoskins said, Bonds told Anderson that they did not have to go into another room while Hoskins packed.

Hoskins said Bonds told Anderson, "'This is Katie. That's my girl. She's not going to say'" anything.

After Anderson injected Bonds, Hoskins said that Bonds said, "'That's a little something something for when we go on the road.'"

Bonds is charged with lying under oath when he told a federal grand jury in 2003 that Anderson never injected him and that he never used steroids knowingly. Human growth hormones are often injected in the stomach.

Hoskins wept on the stand, saying she had not wanted to testify. She said her older brother, Steve Hoskins, a key prosecution witness, had told the FBI about her after he and Bonds had a falling-out over money. Hoskins said she told her brother about the injection the day after it happened.

She said her brother "threw me under a bus. That is why I am here."

During cross-examination, Hoskins acknowledged that Bonds had told her that her brother had stolen from him in 2003 and that he did not want Steve Hoskins around. She said she eventually learned that Bonds had reported her brother to the FBI and that her brother also had gone to the FBI about Bonds.

Anderson, who served time behind bars for illegal steroid distribution, was jailed last week for refusing to testify at Bonds' trial. Anderson has served nearly two years in prison, most of it because he would not testify.

Bonds told the grand jury that Anderson gave him substances known as "the clear" and "the cream," which prosecutors said were steroids. But Bonds said that Anderson told him they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.]

Also testifying Thursday was Dr. Arthur Ting, Bonds' orthopedic surgeon. Ting's testimony cast doubts on statements made earlier by two key prosecution witnesses, Steve Hoskins and Kimberly Bell, Bonds' former girlfriend.


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-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco

Photo: Barry Bonds arrives at the federal courthouse for his perjury trial in San Francisco on Thursday. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press