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In a Black Planet/NewsOne poll conducted after the guilty verdict was handed down in the Barry Bonds trial, 84 percent of respondents unanimously believe that the former Giants star knowingly took steroids during his career.

Sixteen percent of respondents polled believe Barry never took performance enhancing drugs.

The poll, which had 325 respondents, was surprising considering how a large portion of the African-American community felt Bonds was being unfairly persecuted.

While they may have felt a trial was too much to pursue, we now know it doesn’t mean that many of them didn’t believe Bonds cheated his way to the home-run record.

The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, but many legal experts expect Bonds to avoid jail as there was a hung jury on the three perjury charges.

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