SAN FRANCISCO — A federal prosecutor says it is "ridiculous and unbelievable" that Barry Bonds thought he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream when his personal trainer gave him steroids.

Assistant U.S. attorney Matt Parrella delivered the opening statement Tuesday for federal prosecutors in Bonds' long-awaited perjury trial. Seven years ago, Bonds told a grand jury investigating sports doping that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.

But Parrella said Bonds lied to the grand jury, even though the government promised not to prosecute him for drug use if he testified truthfully.

The defense team objected to Parrella's use of the phrase "ridiculous and unbelievable."

When it was his turn for an opening statement, Bonds attorney Allen Ruby acknowledged that his client did take two designer steroids called the "cream" and the "clear" — but he did so unwittingly.

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Ruby told jurors that "Barry answered every question. He told the truth. He did his best."

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