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|Prosecutors Say Bonds Lied to Grand Jury
|SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says it is ``ridiculous and unbelievable'' that Barry Bonds thought he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream when his personal trainer gave him steroids.
Assistant U.S. attorney Matt Parrella delivered the opening statement Tuesday for federal prosecutors in Bonds' long-awaited perjury trial. Seven years ago, Bonds told a grand jury investigating sports doping that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.
But Parrella said Bonds lied to the grand jury, even though the government promised not to prosecute him for drug use if he testified truthfully.
Parrella said that when it came to admitting his own drug use Bonds ``couldn't do it.''
Bonds' lawyers will deliver their opening statements next.
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