Friday, April 14, 2006

Grand Jury Convened To Look At Barry Bonds

By Robert H. Kelly

A federal grand jury is considering whether to indict San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds for perjury as a result of the testimony he gave to another grand jury over one year ago.

Bonds' playing days may be quickly coming to an end. It has been stated previously on this web site that if the federal government gets an interest in you, that interest does not go away.

Look at the attitude he has taken his whole life: "I am great." "I can do whatever I want." "I am a PLAYER and no one can mess with me."

Well, he is being messed with, and all his big talk and cool vibrato isn't going to help him one bit. If he lied to the grand jury 16 months ago, he is nailed!

As a good friend always says: "It isn't over until the fat lady sings." However, it appears that the fat lady is definitely getting close to the end of her song.

Monday, April 10, 2006

NEWS FLASH: DNA Tests Prove Duke Players Innocent Of Rape

DNA test results released today indicated that not one member of the Duke University's lacrosse team committed rape against an exotic dancer who was in performing at a team party.

The woman, who is a North Carolina Central University student, told police that she was performing as an exotic dancer at a March 13 party attended by lacrosse team members when she was pulled into a bathroom, beaten and raped by three men.

Time will tell how this will play out, but you can bet that these young men's college life has been disrupted, perhaps beyond repair.

Civil suits against the young woman might send the message not to make false charges against people. Perhaps the district attorney should consider charges against the woman for making a false report.

Did things possibly get out of hand at the party? Probably. But accusing three young men of rape went way over the line.

Perhaps Duke University needs to take a more active roll in what it's athletes are doing on their spare time. After all, incidents like this will hurt the university, the athletes, and many others, no matter whether they are true or not.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Two Suggestions To Deal With The Barry Bonds "Issue"

By Robert H. Kelly

On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s All Time Home Run Leader. He did it without the aid of the latest scientific and chemical breakthroughs and developments know to mankind.

If Bonds does surpass Aaron and Ruth, there should be a BIG asterisk placed in the record book. I would be very surprised if that is allowed to happen. After all, Roger Maris’ asterisk was still a legitimate record.

I have two solutions to the Bonds controversy. I doubt, however, either would ever be seriously considered.

1. The commissioner has a meeting with Bonds. He is asked to quietly retire and no
further inquiries into his use of steroids by MLB would be done. His current
totals would stand, but he would be denied the All Time Home Run Leader. If he
refused, then all evidence that MLB has will be turned over the courts and MLB
would cooperate fully with any investigation. He would also be suspended until
the investigation is over.

2. Have every pitcher in MLB pitch around him. Walk him on every bat. He would NEVER
get a hittable ball pitched to him.

Now I know Bonds, his lawyers, the San Francisco Giants organization, the Players’ Union, and others in MLB would complain and raise so much of a ruckus that the sports pages would be filled for months with exclusive coverage of the matter.

At that point, every piece of information and data would be presented to the public. Tie him up in so much controversy that he couldn’t hold up under the pressure.

These two solutions would never be seriously considered. After all, he has rights, as we all do. But that is what I would do if I have any decision making power in the situation.

If they did occur, Bonds would state that everyone was out to get him. He would declare everyone who was against him as racist, and that no one wants a black man to succeed. The funny thing is that the record he is trying to break is held by a black man, and he is even wavering on whether Bonds record assault is legitimate.

Over the next weeks and months, watch Bonds stats and see what happens. If he indeed does hit fewer home runs and get more walks, you can be sure he will speak out that he is the target of racists he is being treated unfairly, and nothing has been proven dealing with his alleged steroid use.

After all, wasn’t he quoted making racists statements in the book “Game of Shadows”?

So I guess he is correct in stating racism is involved it this controversy. The sad thing is, HIS racism is what perhaps caused the problem in the first place, along with that “green monster” called jealousy.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jesse Jackson Gets Involved In Bonds’ Controversy

By Chris Price

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Major League Baseball and San Diego police failed to protect Barry Bonds after a fan threw a syringe near the San Francisco slugger as he came off the field after the eighth inning Monday night in San Diego. The object did not appear to have a needle, and Bonds called it a syringe.

Jackson was quoted in saying,

That fan should have been arrested. That object could have had a needle in it. It could have hit him. The commissioner of baseball must be outspoken in protecting any players whose lives are in jeopardy, whose security is at risk.

San Diego Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson had a different description of the object.

The object in reality appeared to be of the size of something you would use to baste a turkey and not a syringe per se.

Jackson was quoted further,

For some people, it's about suspicion of drug use because they have no proof. For others, it's a cover for other anger that they have. For example, the closer Hank Aaron got to Babe Ruth's record, the more violence and hate mail he received. You cannot let this thing build to the point of irreversible danger.

It was just a matter of time before the Reverend Jackson became involved in the Bonds controversy.

As usual, he takes advantage of a situation to promote his own agenda. I guess he figures it is good for his own image to support Bonds and can us it to further his own causes.

I just wonder why he wasn’t standing in support of Representative Cynthia McKinney.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Steroids ARE Against The Rules In Major League Baseball

By Robert H. Kelly

It seems steroids are against the rules of Major League Baseball.

In a story by Richard Justice in the Houston Chronicle, it is stated and evidence shown that illegal drugs (which include steroids) are against the rules and policies of Major League Baseball.

A memo to all clubs, in 1991 from then commissioner Fay Vincent, states that fact.

It may be the end of Bonds' career is nearer than anyone previously thought.