Bonds expresses relief on Web site

Saturday, July 22, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds expressed "relief" that the federal grand jury considering possible perjury and tax-evasion charges against him expired without an indictment.

The slugger's troublesome right knee feels 100 percent, too.

Bonds, who hit his 722nd career home run Thursday night in a win against the San Diego Padres, declined to talk to reporters Thursday only hours after federal prosecutors decided not to indict him for now, but he made a journal entry on his personal Web site.

"First off, I would like to say that what happened today is not a moment of joy for me, but one of temporary relief," Bonds said in his latest posting on www.barrybonds.com. "This has been an issue that has surrounded me for the past three years and I hope that this is the end. ...

"An investigation happened and hopefully it is over. I do want to make it clear that there are no hard feelings for the legal process, but I feel there comes a point where everyone needs to move on."

Asked later if he wanted to add anything to what he said on his site, Bonds told The Associated Press, "it speaks for itself."

He turns 42 on Monday and his right knee is feeling better than it has for a long time, he said. The Giants star underwent three operations on the knee last year, causing him to miss all but 14 games in 2005.

"I feel great," he said before the Giants played the San Diego Padres on Friday. "My knee feels 100 percent."

The investigation into Bonds is still ongoing, but it now appears less likely that an indictment would have an impact on him and the Giants this season, which could be his last in San Francisco after 14 years with the club.

Bonds is in the final season of a $90 million, five-year contract with the Giants and knows he might be headed to the American League as a designated hitter next year.

The seven-time NL MVP is within 33 home runs of tying Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755 after hitting his 14th homer of the season Thursday -- his second home run since the All-Star break.

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