The BALCO trials are officially underway, and its targets are finding out that it’s not about the drugs anymore — it’s the dishonesty, stupid.
If Barry Bonds believed that his fame and fortune would allow him to slide on federal charges, he may be starting to rethink that philosophy. The government has far more resources that the all-time dinger king could ever dream of, and if it’s one thing the feds don’t let pass with wink-winks or slaps on the wrist, it’s lying to them.
The wording of the AP story is amusing:
“Bonds originally was charged with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for lying about whether he knowingly used illegal substances on Nov. 15.”
Now, how can anyone lie four times about one steroid binge? Maybe it went like this:
“Mr. Bonds, did you knowingly use drugs on November 15, 2007?”
“Are you sure?”
“You’re not just telling us what we want to hear, are you?”
Okay, that’s not what the wire story meant, but either way Bonds’ future continues to grow murkier and more ominous.