Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds did not receive steroids from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), that according to lawyers for members of the company.
Troy Ellerman, who represents BALCO vice president James Valente, and Robert Holley, the attorney for BALCO founder Victor Conte, held a news conference Thursday to discuss, in part, a newspaper report that Bonds and New York Yankees players Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield received steroids from the company.
The San Francisco Chronicle, on Tuesday, reported that Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson, distributed the illegal performance-enhancing drugs to the baseball stars, according to information furnished by the government and shared with the newspaper.
"Our clients have adamantly stated they have no evidence of Bonds doing any wrongdoing," Ellerman stated. "There's no evidence that Bonds did anything, other than rumor or innuendo."
Ellerman and Holley also asked for an investigation into how the San Francisco newspaper got its information.
Four men were charged last month with distributing illegal drugs, including steroids and human growth hormones. Those pinpointed in the 42-count indictments included Anderson, Conte, Valente and track and field coach Remi Korchemny. All were charged with distributing anabolic steroids but pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The scheme allegedly took place between December 2001 and September 2003, with the defendants conspiring to defraud the United States through the distribution of illegal drugs. The men allegedly distributed the steroids through the form of a testosterone-based cream, mixing the testosterone with the cream to intentionally conceal the effects of such a contraband.
They also distributed a liquid drug called tetrahydragestrinone (THG), a designer steroid. Human growth hormones were also given out unlawfully to athletes to improve their performance.
These claims could prove especially devastating to Bonds, who has put together one of the best four-year spans in baseball history, including a record- shattering 2001 campaign.
During that season, Bonds hit an unprecedented 73 home runs. He has hit over 40 homers each of the last four seasons, while also posting an on-base percentage of over .500 for each of the past three years.