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Bonds Swings at Steroid Statements

Posted Aug 22, 2007 6:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Slugger Barry Bonds has hired new lawyers to review public statements made about him, with an eye toward possible defamation lawsuits.

Bonds recently hired Oakland, Calif., lawyer John Burris, who often represents people in suits against police, and San Francisco lawyer Todd Schneider, whose firm represents plaintiffs in discrimination and employment class actions, the Recorder reports.

The lawyers will join with Bonds’ current lawyer Michael Rains to watch for untrue statements about Bonds. "As far as a defamation case goes, I think it's a natural fit," Schneider told the Recorder. "We're looking at everything."

The lawyers say they will focus first on Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s allegations about Bonds’ steroid use in an interview with Bob Costas. The San Jose Mercury News also suggests the lawyers will review the October issue of Playboy, in which Bonds’ former mistress will pose nude and discuss their personal lives.

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