June 9, 2009 / 2:58 AM / 10 years ago

Baseball star Barry Bonds' to split from wife

Barry Bonds and his wife Liz Watson arrive for the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in honor of Neil Diamond in Los Angeles, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - The wife of former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds has filed for legal separation after 11 years of marriage, according to Los Angeles court papers.

Elizabeth Bonds cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the couple’s split, and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Aisha Lynn. The documents were filed on Friday in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Barry Bonds, 44, who passed Hank Aaron to become Major League Baseball’s career home run leader in 2007, is awaiting trial in San Francisco on charges he lied about steroid use. He says he is innocent and aims to cleanse his tarnished reputation.

He has two children from his first marriage, which ended in divorce in 1994.

Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Miral Fahmy

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