NEW YORK (AP) -Brian Johnson said it's ``hard to dispute'' that former teammate Barry Bonds cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs.
Johnson, appearing Sunday on ESPN's ``Outside the Lines,'' recounted what he told the staff of baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell. Johnson, a catcher with Bonds' San Francisco Giants in 1997 and 1998, also was asked by ESPN about Bonds, who tied Hank Aaron's career home run record on Saturday night.
``You can make a fair argument that he may have been cheating,'' Johnson said. ``Based on what has been documented, it's hard to dispute that argument.''
Johnson played with six major league teams from 1994-01 and said he spoke with the Mitchell investigators about his knowledge of steroids use.
``It was kind of a cloak-and-dagger society. Guys that were taking knew of each other and talked about things among themselves,'' Johnson said. ``What I saw was that guys who were taking would never admit it, would never allow anybody to see. But it was pretty obvious to all of us that they were taking. ... Some people sold their soul to the devil and other people didn't.''
Johnson hopes the investigation does more than document users.
``We need to do more than just find out who did it, crucify them, sweep them aside, and move forward,'' he said. ``We need to do more than that.''
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