Saturday, February 12, 2005
UPDATE: Sunday, March 20, 2005: We're one of the first blogs to note: Kimberly Bell testifies that Barry Bonds lied to grand jury about steroid use
Geraldo Rivera interviewed Kimberly Bell and Aphrodite Jones. Jones helped Bell write a book in which Bell claims she had a 9 year affair with San Francisco Giants player, Barry Bonds. She claims that Bonds promised her that he would buy her a house in Arizona. Bell says that their affair lasted from 1994 to 2003 and that she has phone records and personal love notes to prove it. But, what is noteworthy is that Kimberly Bell claims that she knew Barry Bonds was on steroids.
Michael Rains is the attorney for Barry Bonds. He said on Fox News that Bell's claims are without merit. While acknowledging Bell's relationship with his client, Rains said that she is a gold digger and only made the steroids allegations after the infamous Balco case became public.
The increasingly bad press for Major League Baseball regarding steroids will probably overshadow the 2005 season.
Geraldo brings us his exclusive interview with Kimberly Bell!
Who is she? Bell claims she is San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds' (search) former mistress. And she says she's got the scoop on his alleged steroid abuse.
Don't miss the exclusive interview only on "At Large with Geraldo Rivera."
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Update, New York Post
The former mistress of Giant slugger Barry Bonds says he admitted to her that he used steroids. The jolting admission by Kimberly Bell to Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera last night simply added bulk to the suspicions surrounding Bonds and his beefed-up bat.
Geraldo asked: "Did he admit, specifically, to using [steroids] to you?"
"Yes," Bell answered. "Yes, he did tell me. He told me between '99 and 2000 that this was something he was doing."
"He said everybody was - this was something everyone was doing," said Bell, who states she started dating Bonds when she was 24 and continued to see him until she was 33 - even after he was married. She also described some of the changes in Bonds' physique.
"Some of the changes included everything from acne on his back to a great deal of bloating, that he was very concerned about that other people would notice." And notice they did. The 40-year-old home run champ put on 45 pounds between his rookie season in 1986 and his benchmark power season of 2001. That year he broke Mark McGwire's single-season home run record when he belted 73 dingers.
Bell said she even had to deal with a few bouts of 'roid rage. "For example, if he was angry with something I would say or upset, he would be very quick to draw his hand back as if to hit me just so he could see me flinch so that he could laugh about it," she said.
The mistress went public because she was seeking palimony from Bonds and "he offered me peanuts." "He offered me approximately $20,000 to resolve the whole thing and to walk away and sign a confidentiality agreement."
She did admit that Bonds bought her a new home in Arizona for $157,000 and said no when Rivera bluntly asked: "Kimberly, are you a gold digger, Kimberly?"
UPDATE: Sunday, March 20: Kimberly Bell testifies that Barry Bonds lied to grand jury about steroid use
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