Barry Bonds, Gary
Sheffield on the program, according to chemist
The BALCO chemist who
invented the performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear",
tells HBO Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield were on it.
Arnold, a chemist who worked with the Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative (BALCO), said in an HBO Sports interview that Barry
Bonds and Gary Sheffield took performance-enhancing drugs
provided to them by the laboratory.
Arnold is credited to be the chemist who invented the
previously undetectable steroid named “the clear" and pleaded
guilty in 2006 to conspiring to distribute steroids, and was
sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home
confinement. As part of his plea deal, he was not required to
name athletes who had used the drug.
The interview with Arnold was aired last
night on HBO's Costas Now show. According to the chemist,
although he never met Barry Bonds, often heard BALCO’s founder,
Victor Conte, bragging about Bonds’ performance on “the
program.” Patrick Arnold also said during the interview that
Gary Sheffield also took the steroid, despite claiming
Arnold claims that the program was
consisting of "the clear" drug. Victor Conte denied in a
statement that Barry Bonds was given the performance-enhancing
drug. According to the statement "the program" in questions had
nothing to do with steroids, but consisted of well balanced
Reportedly Barry Bonds told the grand jury
that he did not know he was taking steroids, but believed he was
just given flaxseed oil. Arnold waved off the claim by comparing
flaxseed to “nontoxic antifreeze.” A federal jury also
investigates Bonds' testimony for the possibility of perjury.
Published on 07/25/2007