The baseball gods are smiling once again on the grand old game. Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about steroid use.
Bonds will soon learn that the judicial system is a great example of leveling the playing field. While he may have lounged in a leather armchair in the San Francisco locker room, like a prima donna while his teammates were sitting on benches, if convicted he will find that every jail cell in prison looks the same.
A federal prosecutor convinced a grand jury of his peers that Barry Bonds should stand trial for perjuring himself about performance-enhancing drug use. Hurrah for the integrity of baseball. What needs to happen now is that the allegation be proven in court.
Read the official Barry Bonds indictment by the FBI.
The indictment goes futher than merely saying that Barry Bonds lied about drugs. It confirms the obvious that has inexplicably continued to be debated among sports fans. Barry Bonds took drugs. Period. Drug tests show it.
“During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes.”
Bonds would have known that he failed drugs tests, but that did not stop him from apparently lying to the public about his tainted records.
“This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period,” said Bonds in August 2007.
Everyone assumes that Barry Bonds was on the juice. Period. His defense appears to be that he is the only person in the world who did not realize what he was given by those mean people who gave him superman drugs.
There are far too many homers in San Francisco who have been willing to give Bonds the benefit of the doubt on what appears to a layperson as a preposterous explanation. One might be inclined to ask in a few years, “gee, why have I ballooned from a 200 pound athlete into a monstrous 300 pound gorilla?”
No, not Bonds. We hope that a jury will consider his explanation just as seriously as it deserves. For now, all we can say is that Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury as we gleefully await a trial that might help restore some credibility to the baseball record book.
Odds are now that Barry Bonds will get that asterisk in the record books. My preference would be that his single season and career home run records are completely expunged by the commissioner. I do not think that will happen, but who knows what shocking disclosures will come to light in what promises to be a sensational trial.
[tags]Barry Bonds, indicted, steroids, drugs, perjury[/tags]