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Giants Outfielder Testifies He Defended Himself Against Wife’s Attacks

December 17, 1995

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds testified during divorce proceedings that he never physically abused his wife but once kicked her after she kicked him.

Bonds also said the two had a scuffle over car keys while visiting his in-laws in Sweden.

In court Friday, Bonds said his wife of six years had fierce temper tantrums that included breaking some of his trophies, smashing holes in the walls and doors, damaging cars and nearly getting into a fist fight with her mother.

In one incident, Bonds said, Sun Bonds demanded to be let into the bedroom to get medicine because she was spending the night at a friend’s house.

``She grabbed me by the shirt and kicked me in the (groin), so I turned her around and kicked her in the butt,″ he said, adding that he was barefoot and did not kick her hard.

Sun Bonds has testified that after marrying him in 1988, Bonds controlled her life and wouldn’t allow her to pursue a career. She also claimed he dragged her around their home by her hair, pushed her down the stairs, choked and threatened her. Bonds has denied those allegations.

Bonds told the court about an incident in Sweden in 1991 when he purchased a dryer and a satellite dish for Sun Bonds’ parents. Sun Bonds became angry because her mother then began paying more attention to the baseball star, he said.

Bonds said he had to restrain his wife from hitting her mother.

``I was shocked,″ he said. ``I have never seen a child disrespect her parent like that.″

Sun Bonds then left to stay with a friend for two days and upon her return, the couple got into a struggle over the car keys.

Bonds denied pushing his wife into a closet, but said ``we slipped and fell into the closet.″

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Judith Whitmer Kozloski ruled Thursday that the couple’s two children, ages 4 and 5, cannot travel to Sweden with Sun Bonds this Christmas. The judge ordered that on Dec. 25, the children will spend the last half of the day with their father.

Sun Bonds has been receiving $30,000 a month in child support since the couple’s divorce in 1994. She wants the support increased to $93,000 a month. Bonds agreed to a contract with the Giants in December 1992 worth $43.75 million over six years.