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.
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.