By Steve Farace
So, this whole Barry Bonds thing is finally over, right? Well for one count, it is over and the result was a guilty verdict. The “homerun king” was convicted of obstruction of justice. He now has more than an asterisk next to his name and deservedly so. I think I might have just given my stance on this topic away.
I’ve always been of the belief that there is no room in sports for performance enhancing drugs. This is not only about there being a level playing field in a competitive atmosphere, but also about the health of the players and the fact that young kids want to be like their “idols”. There is no doubt in my mind that Barry Bonds was the idol of some kids out there, and so was Rafael Palmeiro and others that have been connected with steroids.
The funny part is that Bonds was likely convicted because of the testimony of his personal shopper, Kathy Hoskins. “Barry was like, “just do it right here,” Hoskins testified last week, saying that she had seen Bonds with his personal trainer, Greg Anderson. “Barry just lifted his shirt up and he said: “This is Katie. She’s my girl. She’s not going to say nothing to nobody.” Good for her! It is nice to see that there are still people out there that do the right thing.
Obviously, Bonds would rather go through even more public ridicule and take the risk of jail time (or at home time) than admit to what he did. Mark Mcgwire came clean and he is back in baseball as a hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Bonds needs to do the right thing and do the same.
There are people that won’t be happy with this just yet because it looks as though Bonds will escape jail time for now. Here is what I say to those people – this is no longer an issue of an “accused” Barry Bonds, but rather a “convicted” Barry Bonds. This is victory in my book and this is not yet over. There are going to be appeals and there is a big decision pending for the prosecution. Are they going to pursue the 3 counts that resulted in a hung jury? Time will tell, but for now, MLB now has a legal reason to keep this cheater out of the Hall of Fame in 2012.