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BALCO chemist fingers Bonds, Sheff

Arnold tells HBO Sports sluggers were on 'program'

Posted: Wednesday July 25, 2007 11:33AM; Updated: Wednesday July 25, 2007 5:45PM
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NEW YORK (SI.com) -- The man credited with creating the performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear" said in an HBO Sports interview that Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield took the drugs provided to them by BALCO, reports the New York Times.

The HBO interview aired on Tuesday night on Costas Now. Arnold told host Bob Costas that he had heard BALCO's founder, Victor Conte, bragging about Bonds' performance on "the program." Said Patrick Arnold: "I have a very strong feeling about it since he was on the program. And like everyone else, the program consisted of 'the clear.'"

In a statement, Conte denied Arnold's allegations. "The program I created for Barry was a comprehensive nutritional supplementation regimen and had nothing to do with the clear or any other anabolic steroids," Conte said.

According to leaked grand jury testimony reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Bonds and Sheffield have denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2004, SI's Tom Verducci reported that Sheffield unknowingly took samples of "the cream" supplied to him by BALCO. A federal grand jury is still investigating Bonds' original testimony for the possibility of perjury.

In 2006, Arnold pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute steroids and was sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home confinement.

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