In Barry Bonds's wake, a trail of broken lives
The Barry Bonds trial has played out like a daily morality play, offering an unvarnished look at how sports stars' entourages can be made and ripped apart by fame, wealth, and scandal.
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Bonds bought her cars, took her on trips, paid for crowns in her teeth and breast implants, gave her shopping money, and even provided money for a down payment on a house in Arizona.Skip to next paragraph
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But she also described changes in Bonds as time went on, like hair loss, increased muscle mass, and bloating, all of which might indicate the use of steroids.
There were also changes in his character, she testified, when he became increasingly hostile, irritable, and aggressive.
Near the end of their relationship in 2003, it got so bad that he threatened to cut off her head, throw her in a ditch and remove her breast implants “because he paid for them.”
After the breakup she tried to publish a book and planned on calling it either “In The Shadow Of A Giant” or “Giant Mistake.”
She denied she was trying to embarrass Bonds. Instead, she wanted to write about “how someone like me could get caught up in something like this and couldn’t get out.”
To promote the book, which in the end she never actually wrote, she posed for Playboy.
“I wanted what [Bonds] promised and what I lost,” she explained, fighting back tears and struggling to keep her composure after hours of testimony last week.
She ended up selling her Arizona house to pay off debts and moved back to California.
Most people who start out in similar situations don’t initially realize what they’re getting into until they’re in too deep, says Dr. Jennings.
“It’s a lot like riding a tiger,” she says. “They want to get off but have no idea how to do it without getting hurt, and the sad part of it is they are going to get hurt.”
The woman who had introduced Bell to Bonds back in 1994, Katherine Hoskins, also took the stand.
She and her brother, Steve, have known Bonds since childhood.
Her brother was Bonds’s personal assistant, making appointments for him, while she became his “shopper,” particularly of his clothing. She also packed his clothes at his home before he went on road trips.
She testified that every time she packed for Bonds, she saw his trainer, Greg Anderson, with him and they’d “go into the office for one or two minutes, come back out.”
One day in 2002, she said, they came into the bedroom where she was packing and Bonds told Mr. Anderson “let’s do it right here,” according to Ms. Hoskins's testimony.
When Anderson seemed nervous about this, Bonds told him, “This is Katie. She’s my girl. She won’t tell anybody.”
She said she saw Anderson inject Bonds in his navel area with something from a syringe, she didn’t know what, and then Bonds turned to her and said, “That’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for when I go on the road. You can’t detect it.”
In 2003, Bonds accused Mr. Hoskins of stealing from him and the friendship ended abruptly. Bonds banished Steve from his life, although Katherine packed for Bonds a couple of times after that.