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Barry Bonds Fails Drug Test, Blames Whitey Sweeney

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The New York Daily News is reporting that big fat hulking Frisco Gyro Barry Bonds tested positive for amphetamines last season.

The paper goes on to say that when Bonds was told of this he blamed it on teammate Mark Sweeney from whom he claimed to have swiped some "substances".

Bonds was not punished for his transgression, but instead was referred to treatment and counseling. While amphetamines are considered performance-enhancing drugs, they are treated differently than steroids under baseball's drug policy. Had Bonds failed a steroid test, he would have been suspended for 50 games, but under baseball's amphetamine policy no one is publicly identified or suspended until a second positive, which would result in a 25-game suspension. A player is suspended for 80 games for a third positive.
So is Bonds, owner of sport's most scrutinized urine and blood samples, just roaming around the Giants clubhouse popping stray pills down his throat, or is Sweeney the scape goat? The
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AP says it's neither.
Sweeney's agent, Barry Axelrod, told The Associated Press on Thursday that his client received a call informing him that his name had come up in regard to the testing. "He responded at that time ... he did not give anything to anybody and he doesn't have anything illegal," Axelrod said. "That was the end of it, as far as we were concerned, until yesterday. We thought it was just a sort of procedural thing."

According to the SF Chronicle, Bonds told "everyone" on the Giants that he had failed his test.
The Chronicle's source confirmed the accuracy of the report and then stated Bonds' amphetamine test was known on the team because Bonds himself talked about it. "Barry is the guy who went around telling everybody he tested positive," said the source, who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality issues surrounding drug testing.

AP photo by Eric Risberg