Well, it finally happened. Bonds has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice. Not surprising really. This began back at the begining of the summer, with rumors and indications pointing to this from the US Attorney’s office in San Francisco. But there may be more to this story than Bonds’ improprieties.
The timing here is a little suspect, and I’m surprised that ESPN and their legal analyst Roger Cossack, didn’t even think about it. No, it’s not anything sinister or such. But think about this: 1. They could have indicted in June or July, they didn’t; 2. Bonds was allowed to play this past season and reach the HR record; 3. The extra time allowed the Mitchell investigation to procede with out the media circus an indictment would have brought. Now this could all be hot air speculation on my part, but I do have to wonder.
In addition, there may be a couple of other factors at work here as well. First is the case of Marion Jones, the Olympic gold medalist (even though she was stripped of it by the IOC). She admited to using steroids, and to doing so while in Olympic competition. That came about as a result of an investigation into a check cashing scheme. But it’s where she got the steroids that matters here. She got them from Greg Anderson (Bonds’ personal “trainer”), and BALCO. Marion Jones may have, or may be in the process of, cuttinga deal to give up Anderson in return for a reduced or commuted sentence on the other charges.
Second is that Greg Anderson was released from prison, where he was sering time for comtempt of court, for having refused to previously testify (under a subpoena). This means one of two things: 1. Anderson is going to testify, and give up some of his clients; 2. Anderson is going to be indicted on new charges. I suppose as this is SF, that a third option is also possible, namely that the judge felt sorry for Anderson having served almost a year (this time) on the charge. Third is MLB’s Mitchell Investigation. Reports have already made the rounds that 11 “major” player names will be named in the report as having violated MLB rules (not to mention US Laws) regarding steroids. Is Bonds one of them? Is there testimony in the Mitchell report that supports the US Attorney’s case?
No matter what the eventual outcome of this case is, Bonds’ image has been permanently, and irrevocably damaged. His career, his numbers, his legacy will forever be tainted by this whole fiasco. Of course, he did himself no favors. He was combative with the media, he hemmed hawed, and prevaricaed on the issue for too long. Had he just come clean when this first all broke, he would not be facing any of this. We’re a very forgiving nation, especially when you admit to making a mistake. He would have been forgiven, and not just in SF. He would be looked upon in a better light, he would be more respected for what he did as a player. Instead, we get court proceedings, lawyers, and a scandal that threatens the very foundation of the game. Thanks Barry, yer a gem.