So Barry Bonds used steroids.... In related news: We landed on the moon. The sky is blue and water is wet.
On Thursday, Bonds was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. The feds have come to the conclusion that Bonds lied under oath when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 30 years behind bars. My question is: WHAT TOOK SO LONG.
As I have admitted earlier on this very blog, I am not a Barry Bonds fan. In fact, I despise everything he stands for. He has always been about himself, not the team. He is standoffish to the media (which rubs me the wrong way for obvious reasons). And I always believed he cheated. Sure he wasn't the only one, but he was the man chasing a hallowed record (Hank Aarons's homerun mark of 755) which he eventually broke this summer. So if this is triggers the eventual fall of Barry Bonds, I should be happy. I should be elated. I should be doing the happy dance up and down the front range. I'm not. In fact, I am disappointed.
This indictment is about perjury. Not steroid use. Not cheating baseball, its fans and me! The feds are after a guy who they think lied to them. That's fine. It's the law and they should. But they had a chance four years ago to really take it to Barry Bonds. Before he stole Hank Aaron's record. Before he had his time in the spotlight (on ESPN, CNN and KKTV). They had a chance to take him down for using steroids
As much as I would like Barry Bonds to fall. I didn't want it to go down this way. He can go to prison for perjury and I still will be waiting. Waiting for him to pay for stealing what wasn't his. A record, and my trust in a game I loved.
Until next time, keep living the dream. Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Anchor/Reporter