This week one of the most amazing records in baseball, perhaps in all sports, was broken when San Francisco slugger, Barry Bonds, hit his 756th home run to surpass Hank Aaron’ss record of 755 set 33 years ago when Aarron surpassed Babe Ruth.
However, this mammoth feat is clouded because of the suspicion that Bonds has taken steroids. The problem is that Bonds has never been convicted of any offense. The fact is he’s never been charged. But a majority of sports writers have convicted Bons without trial.
Now it’s quite true that Bonds is a reclusive prickly character who for many years has shown his disdain, even contempt for the press. They in turn are contemptuous of him and they (including Jack Todd in The Gazette) have done everything in their power to convict Bonds in the court of public opinion. And they have pretty well succeeded.
But is this fair? And doesn’t it seem this is the trend now, that anyone who is charged with any crime or misdemeanour is now considered guilty until proven innocent (cf. Conrad Black before his conviction.)
Does this trend concern you? After all, any one of us could be charged with some offense. Should we lose our good reputation even before we have our day in court?
By the way, do your consider yourself a sports fan? I’m into football and baseball and Ienjoy playing golf.