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There’s another ugly trial going on involving a former slugger

Apr 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Brian Giles

If you think the Barry Bonds trial is weird and salacious, get a load of the Brian Giles trial.  He and his former girlfriend have a nasty civil suit going on in which their messy love life and dueling claims of domestic violence are front and center. And it involves Chuck Knoblauch of all people:

[Giles'] attorneys also have portrayed Olvera as a money-hungry seeker of rich men, including four-time baseball All-Star Chuck Knoblauch, her current fiancé.

They showed Knoblauch in video testimony talking about all the jewelry he’s given Olvera. But then during a break in the trial Tuesday, one of Giles’ attorneys, Dan Gilleon, pulled out a baseball and asked Knoblauch to autograph it for him. Knoblauch, who attended Tuesday’s closing arguments, said he found it strange.

“Obviously, we’re fans,” Scott said.

Glad to see that kind of professionalism in action.

At any rate, this is ugly business, involving prenuptial agreements, fraudulent checks and that famous video in which Giles appeared to strike Olvera (Giles says she fell).

But hey, we need something to read while waiting for the Bonds verdict.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Instead of going to court, Giles and Knoblauch should get into the ring and settle this dispute MMA style.

    • sknut - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      My money is on Giles, Knoblauch will have the yips trying to land punches on Giles.

  2. seattlej - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Hmmm. That video seems pretty damning… people don’t just fall like that. As an armchair attorney, I would recommend that he settle.

  3. shawnuel - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I’m not sure “Former” slugger in the headline is appropriate. The video suggests that Giles still slugs pretty well.

  4. easports82 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Giles should walk into the courtroom, flip a ball to Knoblauch and say ‘You hit me in the chest with this ball, and I’ll drop the suit’.

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