Boorish Barry Bonds is once again in trouble. This time, though, Bonds may finally be held accountable for one of his misdeeds…lying to a 2003 Federal Grand Jury when he said he’d never taken steroids. If found guilty, the big bopper could face prison time and a hefty fine.
Despite these new allegations, Bonds continues to deny everything and refuses to even address the subject. His new ESPN "unreality" TV show "Bonds on Bonds" has also conveniently skirted the issues.
Not that this guy’s reputation could ever be salvaged, but what’s with the denial and total avoidance? He’s clearly taken steroids and it’s almost a given that whatever home run records he ends up setting will be accompanied by an asterisk in the shape of a steroid pill. You also have to believe that, like another infamous bad guy, Pete Rose, Big Barry isn’t going to make the Hall of Fame in this century or the next.
So, what should Barry do? Come clean. Admit fault. Become a spokesperson who speaks out against the evils of performance-enhancing drugs. Work with the kids at a grassroots level to explain why winners never cheat and, yes, cheaters never win.
Sadly, though, Barry isn’t programmed to admit fault. Nor does he care what others think. His pill-popping, needle-injecting, cream-smearing habits were driven by one goal: to surpass the single season home run records of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the career numbers of Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron. If he had to cheat to accomplish those goals, so be it. This Machiavelli of baseball is clearly one bad dude.
Here’s hoping that, if nothing else, Bonds’ eventual punishment will be enough of a warning to future generations of ballplayers to avoid cheating and embrace the responsibilities that go along with celebrity.