Don’t get things bent; I never doubted Bonds used steroids or some other performance-enhancing drug (PED). For me, a look at how he transformed his body was evidence enough.
Yet what was the man’s real crime? Did Bonds bring down an investment house or create recession? Did he strip fertile land barren? Did he pollute a freshwater lake? Did he dip his hands too deeply into the public till? Did he kidnap, maim or murder anybody?
Barry Bonds did none of these. His crime was wanting to be the greatest, and he was willing to do whatever it took to achieve greatness.
Perhaps his use of PEDs did benefit his quest. PEDs aren’t a miracle concoction alone, though. For them to work, an athlete has to do more than pop pills or stick a syringe in his butt. His use of PEDs complement what an athlete does in the gym, but they have never been a replacement for lifting weights and going through other fitness regimes.
...Bonds will never clear his name. Too many people with power and money won’t let him. They have poured millions into finding him guilty of an offense so minor he won’t spend a day behind bars. That alone should tell you what a sham the entire multimillion-dollar investigation was.
Somewhere out there Bonds might find justice, perhaps in some third world dictatorship. He won’t find it here and he can’t find it in the public-built arenas where love of sport trumps love of liberty and freedom.
I wish none of this PED business had happened. It did, though. I wish the talk about it would go away; it won’t — not in the near-term. But maybe the conversation about Bonds and his legal problems will go away eventually, vanishing into the silence that has followed Rose.
Posted: September 19, 2013 at 04:58 PM | 27 comment(s)
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