The Bonds Indictment? Good For Baseball, Or A Referendum on The Home Run King?; Quick Hits: Hot Stove
In reading the multitude of blogs, news websites, and TV telecasts, I have gotten almost every view, angle, opinion, thought and word about the Bonds incident.
This is now my definitive opinion in a nutshell.
This is a referendum on his personality, his arrogance and the way he's treated people. The feds are going after him likes he's Tony Montana from "Scarface", not some athlete who decided to juice himself up. That's the issue I have -- and I don't think it's about race, though it can come into play somewhat in the reaction of some people.
Bonds is not a criminal mastermind, he's a selfish athlete who pumped himself up with drugs to gain a competitive advantage in sports. It's not like he supplied enough drugs to feed a small city, or pump out enough product to create an army of wanna-be juiced up guys.
The U.S. Government spent millions of dollars and resources to nail Bonds. In the end, he may have the chance to spend more time in jail than Victor Conte or any of his cohorts combined for the fact he did not want to participate in the BALCO investigation.
It's about him as a person, he breaking a hollowed record and his arrogance. If this had been "Nice Guy ballplayer", he would most likely have gotten a pass.
Well, although it looks like he did indulge in drug use, he is still innocent until proven guilty -- in court; however, public opinion is far different.
As well, for those of you who think the steroid era will go away not that Bonds is out the picture - news flash, it will get worse before it gets better. When the Mitchell report comes out, the list guys who were found to have alleged to use PED's will be diverse -- good guys, bad guys, guys who gave to charity, the minor leaguer, the fringe player, the youngster, the veteran and the All-Star.
Then again, when Bug Selig & the Union admit their culpability in this, we will finally move on.
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