Updated: July 3, 2012 12:55PM
Barry Bonds is publicly referring to himself as a convicted felon these days, and he’s quick to point out that the conviction was never for steroid use.
He appealed his April 2011 obstruction of justice conviction on one count of giving an evasive answer to a 2003 grand jury investigating illegal steroids distribution.
“I went through the system,” Bonds said Monday at the Diamondbacks-Giants game in San Francisco. “I’m in an appeal process right now. I was never convicted of steroids.”
The 47-year-old home-run king, looking especially lean from his new love of cycling, had a lot to say about his prickly persona during a stint in the broadcast booth.
“I gave my life and soul to that game. That’s what’s heartbreaking,” he said. “My [reputation] was kind of iffy anyway. I created that guy out there for entertainment only. Whether you hated me or liked me, you were there.
“And I only wanted you there. I just wanted you to see the show. All I ever wanted was for people to have a good time and enjoy it.
“It was fun to come out and people would boo or yay or whatever. They all showed up to see whatever would happen next, and it motivated me to play hard.” AP