*UPDATE*: Apparently the Feds made a little typo when filing a report about Barry Bonds’ testing positive for steroids in 2001. ESPN reveals that Thursday’s legal filing was actually referring to a November 2000 drug test - a failed test that was already mentioned in the original perjury indictment.
Well, that’s government bureaucracy for you. (Thanks to SbBer unclebandit for the heads up.)
REUTERS has breaking news that Barry Bonds had failed a steroids test in 2001 - only a month after setting the single-season home run record.
Federal prosecutors made the allegations in a legal filing on Thursday, saying Barry’s good buddies at BALCO helped the slugger hit 73 homers that season. Read more…
CLAIM - FRESH EVIDENCE FUELING BONDS INDICTMENT? Gary Gaffney of STEROID NATION reports on a couple items that you aren’t seeing on the endless ESPNews loop: “There is new information in the Bonds indictment.
“In the background information on the indictment written by Scott Schools, it is stated that Bonds tested positive for anabolic steroids and other perfomance enhancing drugs. That is the first time anywhere that statement has appeared.
“Thus the government must have the results from the Questlab data they found last December.“Gaffney also surmises that Greg Anderson, despite his attorney (and colossal sop) Mark Geragos claiming otherwise, must’ve sung to the Feds because “the statements in the indictment all concern Bond’s interactions with Greg Anderson.”
Well if that’s the case, you would think personal trainer Anderson’s career is ruined. After it came out that he ratted on Bonds, no one, and we mean NO ONE will ever trust him to spot up on a bench press again.
BONDS’ 762nd HR BALL COULD BE HIS LAST, WORTH A LOT: With news of Barry Bonds‘ federal indictment, Darren Rovell knows there’s someone who’s going to cash in - the holder of his last home run ball:
While Bonds’ charges may cost the slugger millions in fines and years of jail time, the CNBC columnist notes that the 762nd dinger could fetch the highest-ever price for horsehide - even more than the record-breaking #756.Rovell tells the lucky fan, “Congratlations. You are the now the holder of Barry Bonds’ final home run ball.”
The problem is no one knows who he or she is. The Colorado Rockies never identified the spectator who snagged #762 in Coors Field back on September 5th.
Rovell is hoping someone gets in touch with him about the whereabouts of the now-imfamous ball.
Meanwhile, Denver police are rounding up any suspicious-looking characters that were seen at the park at the time.
A-ROD TRUMPETS NY RETURN DURING BONDS INDICTMENT: Not only is A-Rod a flip-flopper, he’s an attention whore:
On the day that the Feds indicted Barry Bonds, the ex-Yankee announced he is a Bronx Bomber once again. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reports the new deal is worth $275 million over 10 years, a little less than the $350 million previously sought by Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras.It figures A-Rod would try to share the baseball spotlight once again. Last month, he chose Game 4 of the 2007 World Series to announce he was opting out of his previous contract with the Yanks.
With the announcement of the new contract, ESPN had been splitting their Thursday “Breaking News” coverage between Bonds and Rodriguez.If A-Rod craves the media attention so much, maybe he can double his pleasure and take a trip to BALCO’s HQ.
BARRY BONDS INDICTED BY GRAND JURY IN BALCO CASE: Barry Bonds has been indicted by a federal grand jury:
KUTV reports that the ex-San Francisco slugger was charged on Thursday after a four-year investigation. He faces four counts Of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for his supposed role in the BALCO drug scandal.The charges stem from testimony Bonds gave on Dec. 4, 2003, when he told a grand jury that he did not knowingly take any performance-enhancing drugs.
However, others, such as ex-gal pal and Playboy poser Kimberly Bell, have said that Barry had admitted to using steroids supplied by BALCO.
Bonds is also facing tax evasion charges for memorabilia show revenue he did not report to the IRS.Now others are beginning to weigh in on the new Bonds brewhaha. ESPN reports that a White House spokesman said that President George W. Bush is “very disappointed with this,” adding, “this is a sad day for baseball.”
But some folks aren’t as downbeat. Former Dodgers manager (and Giants nemesis) Tommy Lasorda said, “Its not going to hurt our sport. Baseball is going to be fine.”
Bonds is due in court on December 7 - a perfect date that will live in infamy.