How can I put this what the hell is going on with regard to the Bonds’ Federal trial ? Am I mistaken but are Judge Susan Illston and the prosecution making a mockery of the legal system ? But then again since this whole sham of an investigation and trial started to run amok . There’s been very little that has made complete sense to the public at large. From the indictment of Bonds to the original premise behind the indictment of the defendant.
The prosecution has seen to choose whatever means necessary to get any type of evidence introduced in the case through backdoor means. If that doesn’t smack of incompetency on the part of the US Department of Justice. Then the qualifications of these Federal prosecutors really ought to be looked at much more closely and scrutinized. Clearly the money spent so far by the government in the pursuance of the case , then it has to be said no one knows better how to waste money than the Federal government . And in this case the money spent so far ………it’s said to be in excess of $15m and counting. And to think that this has all taken place within the last six years gives cause for concern.
For Barry Bonds this case has got to be something whereby his own legacy no matter how this all ends will be tainted forever. For even if he’s proven to be innocent . We all know that will linger with all of the odor of a rancid carcass. Absolutely nothing that has been said or done by the player , be it allegedly an honest answer or not can be proven with any great veracity. And it certainly hasn’t helped with the presumption of innocence that his own personal trainer Greg Anderson has refused to comply with the prosecution’s request to give evidence. He’s been subpoenaed and in each case he’s refused to comply with the prosecution. In light of this he’s been charged with contempt of court and imprisoned. And the charade still continues . Be that as it may he’s remained loyal to his friend and confidant. As to what this has implied with regard to Bonds’ guilt or innocence can be laid by others to judge .
What is now becoming abundantly clear as the case reaches another milestone and perhaps a turn for the worse. It is that the prosecution and the defense alike have been about as competent in the case’s handling as a blind man would be holding a hand grenade with the pin having been taken out. The whole thing has become incendiary and explosive. And it has blown up and cast its blast across a wide area. At each turn this case has either fallen apart or we’ve seen it rekindled to create some heightened interest for the public and the world of baseball alike. For once I’m beginning to feel that at the end of the day the justice system is on trial and not Bonds, himself. And if anything it really is beginning to look like a sad indictment of a justice system that is allegedly prided upon being amongst the best in the world.
If the game’s hierarchy had possessed as much determination as is now being shown by the Justice Department in chasing down these alleged steroid abusers. Then perhaps we could portend that there’s some justification in the actions we’re now witnessing. Instead it is now making the McCarthy Witch Hunt trials seem all the more pervasive. And one would never wish to allude to the fact that there’s now collusion on the part of the Justice Department and of that of Major League Baseball , as to the action now taking place.
As to the Commissioner’s office as to the case now being made against Bonds. We may well not hear anything from them until there’s a resolution to the case with a verdict. As for the Players’ Association (union) it’d be remiss to that they too are overly concerned with the outcome of this all. They’ve shown as much responsibility for their own actions as that of a despotic third world leader who’s starved his own populace and sought to lay the blame elsewhere. The stance now being taken by them ……..”is that the blame lays elsewhere and not with us at all”
The damage that has been done to the game is irrefutable but there are those who’d rather this all be swept under the carpet and completely forgotten. In effect that’s like telling the whole world that although this happened there isn’t much that we can do about it at all. The fact of the matter is through the duplicity of all of the parties concerned . Everyone has sought to profit from this all and thereby defraud the public and fans alike. And now as this case takes another turn whereby it the trial has been postponed for an indeterminate period whilst the prosecution seeks to reintroduce evidence originally thrown out by the judge. It begs the question if our justice system can’t be trusted to do a job competently . Then what sort of message does this send the public at large ? And what does this say about us a people and the faith we show in the system and that of our sporting icons to begin with ?