Conte: "They didn't prove that he lied"

SAN FRANCISCO

Conte told ABC7 he believes the verdict makes absolutely no sense and doesn't understand how you can convict someone of obstruction when you haven't even proved that he's lying.

Bonds' legal troubles began with BALCO. Federal agents seized steroids and human growth hormones from BALCO in a raid in 2003. They also seized documents linking some athletes to performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors have maintained Bonds was one of them, but Conte believes federal prosecutors never really had a case.

"I don't believe they did, no. What is the case? They didn't prove that he lied, so if he didn't lie, how did he obstruct?" said Conte.

Asked if he thought Bonds was lying, Conte replied, "I've said from the very beginning that I have no direct knowledge of Barry using drugs. Is it highly suspicious? Absolutely. No question about that."

Conte believes Bonds will never go to prison and that he will probably win on appeal. He does, however, believe that Bonds' reputation has been forever sullied.

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