Barry Bonds has broken Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. One would think this would be a celebratory time for Major League Baseball's star drug abuser, but a grand jury has been investigating Bonds since 2005.
While the subject is a national fixation, SF IMC has led the factual reporting on Bonds's records and drug addiction. According to SF IMC , in a transcript of his testimony Bonds said that he had "received and used clear and cream substances from his personal strength trainer during the 2003 baseball season, but was told they were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis." (wink,wink..)
Everybody knew the cream was a drug - that was the reason they were using it. Bonds' denial, simply, appears to be a crock.
During Bonds' testimony on Dec. 4, 2003, federal prosecutors presented Bonds with documents asserting that he had used steroids and human growth hormone during a seven-year period. Bonds still publicly says he has not used illegal drugs, snickering under his breath.
Bonds is entitled to a trial, like all Americans. So let's give him one. He should be tried in drug court for use of illegal substances and, if found to have used them, should be given mandatory treatment and prison time. Drug court allows for people to be convicted of non-aggressive drug charges without being sent to jail, rather they are given the help they need in rehab programs. This would give Bonds a chance to get clean.
The Department of Justice should assure that Bonds is tried for his alleged crimes. Bonds has said that if he has taken any steroids, then he did so unknowingly. The chances of this being true are almost nonexistent.
Beyond drug court, to mandate treatment or (if he refuses treatment) prison, he could be tried in criminal court for perjury, with his entourage (who are likely witnesses to his conversations, if not use) placed under oath. And what of amphetamines (which players downplay as unimportant "greenies"), and what of hard-to-test human growth hormone? Time Magazine reported on July 16, "His head has visibly swelled, a telltale sign of human growth hormone." In addition, Bonds already admitted (Associated Press and ESPN reported Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 this year) taking amphetamines, but predictably claimed he didn't know what it was when he got it from a teammate. He did not appeal the positive test result. These are lame excuses.
Parents need to be able to tell their children that what Bonds did was ethically and legally wrong, as well as medically dangerous. Right now, youth see that the best way to get ahead is sports is by taking steroids, HGH, amphetamines and other illegal drugs, and this is an unacceptable message. Right now, the message is not zero tolerance, but zero punishment. Children need to be aware that steroids and human growth hormones could have harmful and dangerous side effects - from liver and heart disease to shrunken body parts, hair in wrong places, and - just ask the family of wrestler Chris Benoit - schizophrenic, murderous rages.
If this were track and field, Bonds' admissions would mean two years without his job. Yet baseball is silent and does nothing. In the weeks leading up to the record, as the Giants went from one hostile ballpark to another, Bonds did not receive the level of ovation that Aaron did. Boos were abundant. However, a little less love is not accountability. Drug Court and treatment are. Bonds records need to be suspended as he used steroids to cheat the game, his team and his fans. this is what should go down in history.
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