How A Reporter Eavesdropped On Barry Bonds's Grand Jury Testimony

Ten years ago today, Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating BALCO that he did not know the substances he was taking were illegal steroids. It was that claim which would lead to Bonds being indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and convicted of the latter. The testimony was… » 12/04/13 1:57pm 12/04/13 1:57pm

Marlon Byrd, Victor Conte's Most Famous Client, Suspended For PEDs

Marlon Byrd was supposed to be Victor Conte's character witness. For the past three-plus seasons, the journeyman outfield has been the only high-profile client of Conte's supplement business, a product line that's a tough sell since the whole BALCO mess. The BALCO name's gone (it's SNAC now), but Conte could always… » 6/25/12 4:45pm 6/25/12 4:45pm

What Do Usain Bolt And Juan Manuel Marquez Have In Common? They Train…

On Saturday, Juan Manuel Marquez will step into the ring for a third time against Manny Pacquiao. This time around, Marquez—who's moving up in weight for the fight—has a new physique. He has retained the services of Angel Hernandez, the strength and conditioning coach who has been working with Jamaican sprinter Usain… » 11/08/11 1:10pm 11/08/11 1:10pm

Despite Jeff Novitzky's Life's Work, Cheating At Sports Is Still Not A…

Jeff Novitzki was an IRS agent. Not an avenging angel sent from above, nor an earthly crusader for all that is good and pure in America, but a bureaucrat. Somewhere along the way he got it into his mind that it was his job and his job alone (and his only job) to eradicate the peril of steroids in sports. He's with the… » 7/14/11 3:20pm 7/14/11 3:20pm

Bonds Perjury Charges Breed, Multiply, Threaten To Overrun Small Town

One reason that no team wants to take a chance on signing Barry Bonds: The perjury counts from his BALCO grand jury testimony seem to be splitting like amoebas. On Monday he had four counts of perjury, and on Tuesday it suddenly became 14. As any biology teacher will tell you, that's reproduction by binary fission ...… » 5/14/08 12:35pm 5/14/08 12:35pm

These Two Men Need No Longer Worry About Prison Sex

Yesterday, Troy Ellerman, the defense lawyer for BALCO founder Victore Conte, pled guilty to leaking grand jury transcripts to "Game Of Shadows" authors Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada. With his admission, it means that Williams and Fainaru-Wada won't have to go to jail after all, and Mike Lupica can sleep easy. » 2/15/07 12:45pm 2/15/07 12:45pm