Friday, November 16, 2007

Bonds Indicted

As a bay area sports fan, this year has been tough. The Niners have shown to be a disappointment (to say the least), the Raiders haven't been any better, and I wont even get started on the topic of our Golden Bears. [As an aside: anyone else starting to get the feeling the Pac 10 really hates itself?]

Today, the headlines feature local sports “hero” Barry Bonds. To be honest, I’m not personally a baseball fan, but I’ll take any opportunity to bring a sports topic to N&B. If you have been living under a rock, or have somehow avoided all news regarding this topic, a good summary can be found here.

With yesterday’s official indictment for perjury (x3) and obstruction of justice, things just officially got legal. If you’re interested in the legal aspect of this story, there’s a great not-too-legal breakdown of the charges here. For you legal detail types, the actual indictment can be found here.

What struck me while reading through all of these articles was how serious the consequences could potentially be. Bonds could “face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of three perjury charges, and 10 years and a $250,000 fine for an obstruction of justice charge.” I admittedly never took a math class while an undergrad, but by my count that’s a potential 25 years in jail.

I wouldn’t consider myself a softy on crime, but this whole circus has me wondering if the media and the government’s interests are really properly prioritized.

I’ll admit that prior to Bonds breaking the record, I had hoped that he’d stop playing or get injured (or something) and none of this would become as big of an issue. Now that he’s broken the HR record, and Bonds has suffered the humiliation of having his ball stamped with an asterisk, I really don’t care anymore. Not to be cliché, but there’s a war going on, there’s an important election coming up, and there’s a big mess in our bay (I'll save you from further links and let you do the research for those topics on your own). What does it really accomplish by dragging this whole thing on? Why can’t we let this guy retreat into nothingness and hopefully never be graced with a camera in his face again? Any thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because he (may have) broke(n) the law. And this is Amurca. And when you break the law in Amurca, you go to prison.

11/16/2007 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hoped he would get injured? That's pretty messed up. It's just a game, and one you don't care about at that. What's wrong with you?

11/16/2007 3:45 PM  
Blogger tj said...

Well, maybe not injured in a bad way. Maybe just a little sprain or something to get him thinking he was too old to play anymore. Mostly kidding I suppose...

11/16/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

Haha, welcome to anonymous hate, TJ.

Don't bother apologizing, it really doesn't help. Stand true, brother.

11/17/2007 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it bad that I STILL want him to get injured?

11/17/2007 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bury bonds!

11/18/2007 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/18/2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until Bellichik gets indicted, I refuse to believe this is anything other than racism.

11/18/2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger Tacitus said...

Until you are able to spell "Belichick", I refuse to take you seriously.

11/19/2007 11:33 AM  

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