Sports Outside the Beltway

Feds will get 2003 steroid results

It appears the Feds are doing everything possible to prove what we all feel, Barry Bonds used performance enhancing drugs.

The names and urine samples of about 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs three years ago can be used by federal investigators, a court ruled Wednesday — a decision that could have implications for Barry Bonds.

The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could bolster the government’s perjury case against Bonds if investigators are able to link his name to a positive test from baseball’s anonymous testing in 2003. The San Francisco Giants slugger has been the target of a perjury investigation since he testified before a 2004 grand jury that he didn’t knowingly use illegal drugs.

As the article mentions

Baseball players and owners agreed in their 2002 labor contract that the results would be confidential, and each player was assigned a code number to be matched with his name.

Unfortunately this is an issue that will never die. While I do believe Mark McGwire used performance enhancing drugs (PED), I think it is wrong how he is being made the poster child for all that was wrong. He was obvioulsy one of at least a hundred players who used PED, and unfortunatley the most high profile, and the first to come up for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the bottom line is that he should not have to pay the price of Major League Baseball knowingly or unknowingly looking the other way. If I heard whispers about PED while I was senior at UMASS-Amherst, I am sure the powers that be did as well.

Barry Bonds is a jerk, and may have been a HOF before he starting sticking needles in his butt, BUT he should not get a pass while other players are being penalized for doing similar things.

This is a lose-lose situation for everyone in baseball but I guess this is the price the MLB and the players must pay for their action/inaction.

Related Stories:
Recent Stories:

Comments are Closed


Visitors Since Feb. 4, 2003

All original content copyright 2003-2008 by OTB Media. All rights reserved.