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.