Bond’s aunt, an Olympian, spent months in car, shelter

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – Barry Bonds’ aunt spent months living in her car and a homeless shelter last year after a wreck left her out of a job, but the former U.S. Olympian said she was too proud to ask the baseball star for help. Rosie Bonds Kreidler, who ran in the 80-meter hurdles at the 1964 Summer Olympics, moved last week into a new studio apartment in Oakland in a facility for low-income seniors, the Oakland Tribune reported. The 61-year-old Kreidler said she did not go to Barry Bonds after her insurance stopped paying for physical therapy. Her neck, back and several ribs were broken when a tractor-trailer rammed her car while on vacation in New Mexico, and she was unable to return to work as a nurse. “If he knew, he would help … but it’s hard. Maybe I’m nuts,” Kreidler said. Bonds declined to comment on the article when it came out Saturday. The San Francisco Giants said it was a personal matter for Bonds and that they had no comment. Kreidler is sister to the late slugger Bobby Bonds, Barry’s father. She stuck up for her nephew, who has been accused of using steroids. “I don’t think, given our family’s DNA and physiology, that we need enhancers,” she said. Kreidler said it took months to get on welfare and find temporary housing after the accident. She has since lobbied Alameda County officials for better medical care for seniors and is seeking donations for the St. Mary’s Center in Oakland to move to a new site. She credits the facility with helping get her off the streets. “This is, I think, where God wants me to be, helping homeless seniors,” Kreidler said. “With God’s help, I think I’ll weather this.”last_img