APNewsBreak: Bonds has 'weight lifted off my shoulders'

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Posted: Aug 13, 2015 9:55 PM
APNewsBreak: Bonds has 'weight lifted off my shoulders'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legally cleared at last, Barry Bonds is unconcerned with everybody else's thoughts: He's a Hall of Famer. Hands down.

Bonds says: "I don't even justify that. There's no need. That's without saying."

There is a huge "weight lifted" off the home run king's shoulders since federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against him last month after a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution.

Bonds spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since the government's motion by the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.

Of being cleared, Bonds says: "That's why I say God is good. Every player who's ever played against me knows my ability, and that's something I will never, ever have to explain."