(AFP) – Feb 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Court papers filed by federal prosecutors contained a typographical error that claimed Barry Bonds failed a drug test in 2001, one month after breaking the home run record, ESPN reported on Thursday.
The American sports network said the US government had intended to highlight a previously reported failed doping test in 2000.
The 2000 drug test was part of group of documents that were unsealed in 2007 and had already been reported. Prosecutors in that indictment said the test was for a player they referred to as "Barry B."
The mistake prompted a flurry of reports on American television and on web sites - including ESPN.com.
Bonds pleaded not guilty two months ago to charges of lying to a federal grand jury during the BALCO steroids trial in 2003, when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds currently is not on any team's roster after San Francisco let him go after the 2007 season.
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