The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Barry Bonds Shrivels Down to 114 Pounds Following Trainer's Steroid Bust
Originally posted 2/16/2004

Barry Bonds this week
SAN FRANCISCO - Friends and family of San Francisco Giants outfielder and record-setting home run hitter Barry Bonds have grown concerned about the slugger's health this week as the normally large and muscular All-Star has shriveled to a weight of 114 pounds.

In what the Giants say is a completely unrelated matter, Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson and three others were indicted this week and charged with running an illegal drug distribution operation that supplied steroids, human growth hormone and other banned substances to baseball and football players, as well as other top-level athletes.

"Barry's doing a new, um, off-season workout program," said Scott Boras, Bonds' agent. "He's concentrating on slimming down. He's got a new diet, too, and it's perfectly normal, when you're doing that kind of exercise and nutrition routine, to lose over 100 pounds in the same week your trainer is indicted for distributing steroids."

"I feel excited about the season coming up," a visibly weakened Bonds told reporters this weekend. "I'm ready to get back out there." Bonds then tried to lift his water bottle to take a drink and, after failing to be able to do so, passed out for fifteen minutes.

"We take the issue of steroids in our sport very seriously," said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, "and we'll be sure to look into this matter fully. I would warn fans and members of the media not to jump to any conclusions, however, just as we jumped to no conclusions when Mark McGwire and later Bonds himself began reaching all-time highs in home runs during their mid-to-late 30s. These things happen."

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